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RESM6202 Research Design and Practice(EDUC)

Module Overview

The module will provide both training and preliminary work for researching in social science, and introduce students to the process of research design in the social sciences.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• 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.

Special Features

This module is one of the ESRC DTC’s seven research methods modules. The modules are taught by leading experts from across Academic Units and Faculties. This co-ordinated research methods training programme brings together students from across the faculties of Human and Social Sciences, Humanities and Health Sciences.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Teaching12
Independent Study138
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Listed set books, text books, web sites, other sources of related information. Resources to support the production of blended learning materials will be made available by the Doctoral Training Centre.

Norman Blaikie (2000). Designing Social Research. 

Keith Punch (2005). Introduction to Social Research. 

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

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

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

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%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%
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