University of Sussex Business School

Research Skills for Development (L2133N)

Research Skills for Development

Module L2133N

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module is an introduction to the research methods, techniques and skills used in development research and provides a foundation for the International Development thesis in the third year. The module is taught through workshops during which students focus on practical issues to do with research skills, as well as consider some of the more abstract issues that inform how we do research. The module encourages students to think about research ethics and the linkages between project design and methods of data collection, During the module team work is emphasised, and many of the workshops involve hands-on group work.

Module learning outcomes

A basic knowledge of international development research methods.

Practical experience of conducting research and the ability to analyse primary data drawn from students' own research.

The ability to critically assess different research methods, and an understanding of the reasons for using particular methods in particular contexts.

The ability to undertake group work, and present the results of this research in written and verbal form.

Be able to communicate effectively in writing in a manner that reflects the potential needs of future employers.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT1 Week 7 100.00%
Report (1800 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0070.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterWorkshop2 hours00011111111
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours11100000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Dr Anna Laing

Assess convenor

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

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