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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
Independent Study100
Teaching10
Total study time110

Resources & Reading list

Norman Blaikie (2000). Designing Social Research. 

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

Keith Punch (2005). Introduction to Social Research. 

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

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

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

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