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Research Methods for Sustainability

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Module Convenor:  Stelvia Matos

Module Content:
The module covers key principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis with specific application to sustainability. The introduction will explain underlying concepts, such as, ontology, epistemology and methodology, and how these form research questions and data analysis. The section on qualitative analysis deals with the collection and analysis of qualitative data (e.g. interview, observations, and texts) and introduces specific techniques for collecting and analysing empirical material. The quantitative section will provide an introduction to statistics, hypothesis testing, sample design, and techniques of data collection and analysis. Finally, the module will apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand and evaluate sustainability issues.

Module Aims:
The aim of the module is to familiarise students with and understanding of key techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis; to improve accessibility of research material, such as, journal articles; and, to provide more advanced skills in support of both other modules taught on the MSc programme, especially in relation to understand and evaluate sustainability initiatives.

Module Assessment:
Individual Coursework (1,500 words) Mid Assessment (Quals) (40%); Individual Coursework (3,000 words) (60%)


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