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XX50133: Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (units for MRes programmes)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (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:
To support students, within an active research community, in identifying and investigating their own original research questions on a modest scale.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
* understand the basic principles of research design and appreciate alternative approaches to research;
* understand the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques
Intellectual skills
* define researchable problems and formulate questions and hypotheses;
* understand the relationships between, and the rationale for, particular qualitative and quantitative research methods and be able to select appropriate strategies for research and/or evaluation;
* understand and apply concepts relevant to the integrity and rigour of research such as generalisability, validity, reliability and replicability, transparency ;
Professional practice skills
* develop, apply, test and hone on a modest scale the professional practice skills taught in the research methods units of the programme, depending on the particular nature of their Research Apprenticeship
* understand issues posed by social research in relation to ethics, confidentiality and legality;
* have a good command of language skills where appropriate.
Transferable/Key skills
* develop, apply, test and hone on a modest scale some of the transferable/key skills taught in the research methods units of the programme, depending on the particular nature of their Research Apprenticeship Project.

Skills:
See above.

Content:
Any area of social science research for which an adequate level of supervision can be offered. The nature of the Short Research Apprenticeship Project is that students 'learn-by-doing', and so they will be expected to demonstrate their ability to define a viable research question, and design an appropriate and coherent methodology to answer the research question. Students will be required to produce a report that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50133 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department of Economics Department for Health Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THXX-AFM50 : MRes Politics & International Studies
  • THXX-AFM51 : MRes Politics & International Studies (Leading to PhD)
Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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