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Developing Research Practice

Course Code: FPC2061

Level: 4
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 17 weeks
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

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About the course

Do you want to improve your research techniques and undertake research training at university-level, without committing to a full honours qualification? This short, 17 week course awarded by the University of Plymouth will improve your understanding and practice of research techniques. This certificate will cover different types of research, barriers and restrictions in research, identifying and defining research problems. The value of the literature review and existing knowledge will be explored meticulously. Discipline specific research considerations and issues will be examined. Data will be analysed with inferential statistics; sampling distributions, confidence levels and hypothesis testing. This will also be further investigated with data analysis techniques such as chi-squared tests and non-parametric tests, regression analysis, time series and forecasting.

What you'll learn

This course will allow you to examine a range of research skills and quantiative methods which are central to conducting a research project in their academic work or professional discipline. You’ll develop an understanding of a research project, the aims and applications of research and the procedures for conducting research. You’ll also develop a competnet use of statistical software such as SPSS.

Entry requirements

You will need to hold a full level 3 qualification or have relevant work experience.


This course is assessed by coursework. There are no exams.

What's next?

On successful completion of this module you may progress to a range of other CPD modules at the College. Three modules equate to a Certificate of Professional Development Award.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to progress to higher level study, you may wish to consider the Business Management Foundation Degree at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.