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Department of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

XX50137: Long research apprenticeship project (MRes)

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take XX50133
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To support students, within an active research community, in identifying, investigating and presenting their own original research questions within a fixed time period.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able to:
* understand 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;
* show competency in the use of particular research designs and techniques within their own specialist discipline or subject area;
* produce a Report of academic and professional merit that defines a research question/questions, identifies an appropriate methodology which has been piloted, and engages with relevant theory and data.

Intellectual skills
* define and answer a research question
* demonstrate knowledge of 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;
* develop a pilot of the research methodology and present findings in a coherent manner
* support arguments with relevant empirical data;
* develop rigorous arguments through precise use of relevant concepts, models and illustrations
* understand and apply concepts relevant to the integrity and rigour of research such as generalisability, validity, reliability and replicability.
Professional practice skills
* develop, apply, test and hone professional practice skills taught in the research methods units of the programme, depending on the particular nature of the Research Apprenticeship Project
* understand issues posed by social research in relation to ethics, confidentiality and legality;
* have a good command of language skills where appropriate;
* present the Report in a written form that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression;
* complete the assignment within the agreed deadline.
Transferable/Key skills
* writing, presentation and dissemination skills
* bibliographic skills including library and other sources
* research management skills, including time, personnel and resources planning and monitoring
* language skills where appropriate
* ability to work independently.

Any area of social science research for which an adequate level of supervision can be offered. The nature of the Long Research Apprenticeship Project is that students 'learn-by-doing', and so they will be expected to demonstrate their ability to define a research question, design and conduct primary research through a pilot exercise, and produce a research report that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

XX50137 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

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

XX50137 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
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