This module is designed to ensure that students from the BSc Population and Geography have knowledge and experience of the processes of data collection and analysis. The data collection element is delivered through fieldwork and/or visits to research institutes and conversations with researchers who are actively engaged in conducting surveys and interviews. The data analysis element is delivered by taking students through the stages of designing and implementing a research project involving quantitative data management and analysis. Students will learn about a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources available within the United Kingdom and internationally, as well as the theory underlying various data collection methods. The module also acts as a training module for the BSc dissertation which students will write in their final year. This module is available only to students enrolled on the BSc Population and Geography programme.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Gain an appreciation of the influence of socio-economic and cultural context on the collection of data and its interpretation
- Design a research project that will address a set of well-defined research questions or hypotheses.
- Reflect upon the experience of fieldwork and recognise the impact of the process on the data collected
- Demonstrate awareness of the ethical and practical issues which need to be taken into account when collecting data in the field
- Identify and use appropriate statistical and analytical techniques and measures to adequately answer a research question
- Understand the benefits and drawback of data collection methods such as questionnaires and interviews.
- Appropriately access and extract national and international population and demographic data from a wide variety of sources.
- Develop a suitable research question to be answered from a given set of data
- Review work on population and demography as part of a literature review process.
Research questions; types of research project; primary and secondary data; qualitative and quantitative data; questionnaire and interviews; surveys; ethical issues in research; secondary data analysis; management and analysis of survey data; experience of data collection.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will consist of lecture/video sessions and web-assisted computer workshops given either face-to-face at the University of Southampton or on-line. During the field visits there will be further lectures, demonstrations and tutorials.
Learning activities will include learning from lectures, learning computer skills during workshops, presenting and discussing issues during the field visits, and learning about how to write an effective research report.
|Practical classes and workshops||15|
|Total study time||140|
Resources & Reading list
Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. London: Sage.
David Silverman (2013). Doing Qualitative Research. Sage.
Bryman, Alan (2012). Social research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The assessment will be in the form of a written report and/or an oral presentation. There will be no formal examination.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External