Research Investigation and Methods for Change
About this course
- Course code:
- Professional/Short Course
- Engineering Design and Mathematics
- 5 days
- Programme leader:
- Ms Judith Ritchie and Dr Narges Dailami
- Key fact:
- This five day course can count towards the MSc Engineering Management, MSc Engineering Operations and Improvement and the MSc Professional Engineering
Page last updated 8 February 2017
This module exists to provide you with a detailed insight to the academic research process. It is designed to introduce you to various approaches to research methodology in an engineering and technology environment. It will develop the ability to formulate research proposals, select appropriate methods of analysis and prepare and present research outcomes. Key topics covered include:
- The Research Process
- Issues and barriers
- Research Planning
- The Research Proposal
On successful completion of this module you will be able to investigate and evaluate research methods in an industrial context, by analysing and interpreting research findings and your application to industry.
You will be able to select or create an appropriate design of study (where relevant), evaluating the required techniques and reflecting upon the reasons for the choices made. You will then be expected to derive a change implementation plan from the research findings.
By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives you the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering, MSc Engineering Management or MSc Engineering Operations and Improvement.
There are no formal entry requirements to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.
If you wish to complete the module assessment you are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.
Careers / Further study
Research Investigation and Methods for Change can be taken as a stand-alone short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework. For a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.
The module considers four key areas:
The Research Process
- Theory and practical implications in an industrial environment including action and case study research.
- Selection and identification of an appropriate industrial related project and the resultant identification and definition of research objectives; formulation of research questions and hypotheses.
Issues and Barriers
- Issues and barriers to change in the industrial context.
- Review of world best practice in the research topic; search techniques, literature abstraction and the preparation of a literature review.
- Risk assessment and management, Planning and Budgeting.
- Issues of reliability, validity and generalisability for researchers
- Features of Qualitative and Quantitative Data - collection and analysis
- Communicating Results Effectively: Dissertation Structure and Presentation
The Research Proposal
- The Research Proposal, Research Strategy, Project Plan and Ethical considerations for researchers.
- Understanding plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property.
- Preparation of a research paper.
This course contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.
Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.
Supplementary fee information
£1530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)
All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments
Part 1: Monday 9 January - Wednesday 11 January 2017
Part 2: Monday 3 April - Tuesday 4 April 2017
UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
How to apply
For all enquiries, please complete our on-line enquiry form or contact us on the number below.
If you wish to attend the January 2017 run of our course without completing the UWE accreditation to gain postgraduate level credits, please complete our online booking form . All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment, please register for our Engineering Capability Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking.)
For further information
- Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 81196