Unit 4: Research Project

Unit code:                K/601/0941

QCF level:                 QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value:            20


To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional development.

Unit abstract

This unit is designed to allow learners to become confident in the use of research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, a   variety of methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the unit satisfactorily, learners must understand the theory that underpins formal research.

The research itself is dependent on learners, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. The unit draws together a range of other areas of content within the programme of study to form a holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to learners’ area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how to formulate a research  specification
  2. Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
  3. Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
  4. Be able to present the research outcomes.