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RESM6002 Research Design and Practice

Module Overview

Research Design and Practice involves training and preliminary work for researching in social science. This module deals with the practical challenges of designing and conducting research such as defining research questions, identifying appropriate methods, research management and problem solving, writing up research, ethical issues, and thinking reflexively about research.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Syllabus

This module deals with the practical challenges of research. It will equip students to design and undertake a research project. Indicative content includes defining research questions, identifying appropriate methods, research management and problem solving, writing up research, ethical issues, and thinking reflexively about research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Multi-disciplinary lectures • Subject specific seminars • Independent study

TypeHours
Teaching10
Independent Study100
Total study time110

Resources & Reading list

Jonathon Moses and Torbjorn Knutsen (2007). Ways of Knowing. 

Norman Blaikie (2000). Designing Social Research. 

Peter Burnham et al (2008). Research Methods in Politics. 

John Hughes and Wes Sharrok (2008). Theory and Methods in Sociology. 

Keith Punch (2005). Introduction to Social Research. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The module will be assessed by one 2500-3000 word coursework assignment. Students will be required to produce a research proposal.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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