Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
SP50147: Research issues
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
* To introduce students to a range of research methods relevant to their field of study.
* To enable students to recognise the specific contributions and limitations of various methodological approaches.
* To enable students to apply research perspectives to their own practice and/or discipline.
* To enable students to appreciate some of the sensitivities of researching in this field.
Students will be able to:
* recognise the contributions and limitations of a range of approaches to research in their field.
* apply appropriate criteria and theoretical concepts to an evaluation of research studies in their field.
* Develop skills to reflect on the suitability of diverse approaches for investigating and analysing research problems.
* Synthesise information from a variety of research perspectives for a relevant understanding of theoretical and practical approaches.
* Identify and access relevant information sources.
* Communicate complex issues and perspectives through written and oral media.
* Develop skills of time management, workload prioritisation and related planning skills.
* Develop good writing and presentation skills.
This unit will a) introduce the philosophy of social research, b) comprise presentations from researchers active in the specific fields relevant to the students. These may include:
* Interview-based studies
* Observational studies
* Organisational studies
* Using secondary data
* Content analysis
* Using online sources as data
Ethical implications will be prioritised throughout.