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HL10355: Research design for the social sciences

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (2000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* introduce students to critical social science research;
* develop students' awareness of the philosophy of research;
* provide students with a conceptual overview of study skills required for their degree programme;
* introduce students to the politics of research.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will:
* Have an understanding of the underpinning philosophies of social science research;
* Appreciate the various approaches to researching sport and physical activity;
* Understand the origins of social science research and the various schools of thought.


* Production of concise, scholarly, written communication to agreed specifications and deadlines. F/A
* Analysis and synthesis of written information from multiple sources. T/A
* Working independently. F/A
* Develop and apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry. F/T/A
* Evaluate research critically ad assess a variety of information sources. F/T/A
* Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development. F
* Information management and technology skills. F/T

The following topics will be covered:
1) Axiology: Overview of research ethics and procedures.
2) Politics: Discussion of the politics of doing research and the context of doing research. This will highlight the major schools of critical academic thought; thus, helping students appreciate the diversity of theoretical considerations in contemporary social science approaches to sport.
3) Philosophy: Introduction to ontological and epistemological approaches to social science research; consideration of judging research.
4) Practices: An introduction to the variety of research practices and methods.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10355 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.