Informatics Research Methodologies: Health Warning

Informatics methodology is a controversial area. It is impossible to give a neutral account. The views advanced here are necessarily personal. Where possible I have provided alternative views as optional reading. Sharing my views is not a requirement for passing the assessment. Alternate views will be given credit proportional to the strength of the argument presented in their favour. I always welcome constructive criticism, which will improve this module.

It is obviously impossible in a short module to impart all the knowledge and skills you will need to conduct Informatics research. PhD study is intended as an apprenticeship during which this knowledge and these skills will be learnt. What I do hope to do is to sensitise you to methodological issues so that you are more receptive to the lessons you will learn during your research work.

Alan Bundy

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