Water Engineering and Development Centre

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamental aspects of of research including data collection and analysis.

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Julie Fisher


  1. Research methodology

  2. Literature review

  3. Variation and sampling

  4. Physical and environmental data

  5. Social and economic data

  6. Ethics and risk

  7. Data gathering

  8. Participatory methods

  9. Data management

  10. Assessment tools

  11. Quantitative data presentation and analysis

  12. Qualitative data presentation and analysis

  13. Communication and advocacy


Self-assessment questions and answers will become available when the module opens.


Resources will become available when the module opens.


Assignments will be sent to you by email through the University's learning management system 'LEARN'.

Submitting assignments

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You can also go to the module page on Learn and submit your assignments there. Scroll down the module list to find the relevant module and click on it. This takes you to the module page where you will find submission points and resources for the module.

In addition to submitting your assignments as instructed above, you and your guarantor must also complete, scan and email to wedc.distl@lboro.ac.uk the Assignment Submission Form for every assignment. The form is available from the link below.

The University is strict about assignments being received on time, so ensure you do not miss deadlines. Assignments received even a day late will initially receive a zero mark. For further information, refer to the University’s regulations at https://www.lboro.ac.uk/governance/regulations/

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This module will run next during Semester 1: 28 September 2020 - 29 January 2021