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RESM6102 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, presenting research and thinking reflexively about research.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: - to provide both training and preliminary work for researching in social science. - introduce students to the process of research design in the social sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Written communication
  • Independent working
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral communication
  • Information technology
  • Interpersonal skills
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Define and formulate research problems and questions
  • Design a research project recognising philosophical, methodological and practical demands
  • Identify key principles of research ethics
  • Reflect on the origins, practices and impact of research

Syllabus

This module deals with the practical challenges of research. In 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, presenting research and thinking reflexively about research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

TypeHours
Independent Study90
Teaching10
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

Keith Punch (2005). Introduction to Social Research. 

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

Norman Blaikie (2000). Designing Social Research. 

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

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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