Module 9 : Introduction to Research



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Part 1:   Research Proposal

Word Limit: 3000 - 3500 words

Submit a research proposal for a research project that would benefit your organisation in its strategic planning.  Ensure to include:



  1. An introduction to include a working title or topic area - ensure that you convey the key points of the research

  2. General overview of the research area - provide a brief synopsis of the research, to include details of the sample and purpose of the research.

  3. Identification of the relevant literature - reference any key literature that may support your proposal and use the literature to demonstrate how/where it fits within the context of the subject area.  Ensure that you are able to support your proposal using theoretical arguments and information.

  4. Key research question(s) - in order to demonstrate that your research is viable and do-able it is essential to identify some of the key question(s) it aims to answer.

  5. Methodology - outline the methodologies you aim to use and ensure to explain:

  • How the data will be collected or generated

  • How the data will be analysed (i.e. how you will go about formulating the results)

  • Explain how you will obtain the results:

  • The data obtained may affect the results

  • Clarify why you chose the specific research methods

  • Provide evidence that the data will be collected in a consistent and acceptable manner

  • Demonstrate that the research methods you selected  are appropriate to the research

  • Identify and acknowledge any possible issues or barriers in conducting your research and how you might go about dealing with them

  1. Consider the ethical implications and describe how you will go about ensuring your research is ethical and follows any relevant data protection guidelines.

  2. Timescale / research planning - identify the timescale and acknowledge the planning done, required and/or involved

  3. Bibliography - ensure to include a Bibliography for any references to literature within your research proposal.

Part 2:   E-tivities

 Length: Please try to fit your responses within a three or four paragraphs limit.



An e-tivity is an interactive learning activity which is carried out online, through a discussion board such as Blackboard. For most e-tivities you will be given a ‘triggering’ statement or specific reading materials to consider. You will have to post your replies under the relevant section of the discussion board and you may have to respond to comments posted by other students or the tutor. As part of your assessment for this module you must post at least one meaningful comment for each e-tivity.

You will be asked to participate in four e-tivities as follows:



1.     E-tivity Module 9 Unit 2:         What can research do for you? 

Task:  Reflect on the work you undertake within the Voluntary and Community Sector.  Identify an area of research that could be conducted that would benefit your work.  Consider its value and explain its needs and how you would go about making use of its findings.

Respond:  Review the responses of your course colleagues and respond to at least one other posting.

Length:  Please try to fit your responses within a two to three paragraph limit.

Completion date for this e-tivity is…( Please add deadline).

 2.     E-tivity Module 9 Unit 4:  Review of secondary research



Task:  Review the following pdf:
“UK Giving 2007/2008:  Results of the 2007/2008 survey of individual charitable giving in the UK”. (http://www.cafonline.org/pdf/UK%20Giving%202008.pdf) As a secondary source, comment on its design and use within the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Respond:  Review the responses of your course colleagues and respond to at least one other posting.

Length:  Please try to fit your responses within a two to three paragraph limit.

Completion date for this e-tivity is…(add deadline). 

3.         E-tivity Module 9 Unit 6:    Qualitative versus Quantitative Research 

Task:  Comment on the following statement, using the information you have learned in    units 5 and 6 regarding qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You can never be accurate using qualitative data and therefore it is of little use in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Respond:  Review the responses of your course colleagues and respond to at least one other posting. 

Length:  Please try to fit your responses within a two to three paragraph limit.

Completion date for this e-tivity is…(please add deadline).

 4.      E-tivity Module 9 Unit 7:       Ethics in research



Task:  Read the attached link (www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/ethics.php) which offers in brief a perspective of the history, role and importance of ethics in research.

Reflect on the information provided in the link and offer your own thoughts and opinion relating to the role of ethics in research. 



Respond:  Review the responses of your course colleagues and respond to at least one other posting.

Length:  Please try to fit your responses within a two to three paragraph limit.

Completion date for this e-tivity is …( add deadline).

Part 3:  Reflective statement   

              Word Limit: 500 - 750 words

Throughout the learning units for this module you will have to keep a reflective journal, which you will have to submit by the deadline stated. Your theme for your Reflective Journal in Module 9 is:

How evaluating others’ and conducting one’s own research may play a part in the effectiveness and survival of a VCS organisation”



N.B. It is anticipated that you would normally add entries to your Reflective Journal at the start of the module and continue doing so progressively and towards the end of the module (i.e. add entries into your reflective journal as soon as you have completed your readings for the first learning unit!).

The submission deadline for all parts of the assessment except for etivities for Module 9 is … (add deadline).



Please ensure that you submit the whole of your assessment for this module (i.e. four e-tivities, written assignment, and reflective journal entry) by the deadlines as indicated above.
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