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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP50124: Social research (dissertation) project 1

Click here for further information Credits: 33
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
A process of supervised research study for postgraduates aimed at developing understanding of:
* how to define a research question
* make methodological choices
* design a research inquiry
* operationalise at least one quantitative or qualitative method
* analyse data
* write a project report. Students will become familiar with the practicalities of undertaking these activities within limited time and other resource constraints. Learning
Objectives: By the end of the course the students should have: Knowledge and understanding of
* the kinds of constraints under which research is carried out
* the connectedness of different stages of the research process
* the importance of selecting methods of data collection and analysis that are appropriate to a topic and the practical constraints of the investigation
* organising findings and other materials in a systematic and readable form Intellectual skills
* Ability to recognise and select research strategies in a relevant branch of the social sciences
* Ability to recognise and take account of relevant philosophical and methodological issues associated with particular methods
* Ability to identify how aspects of methods contribute to validation of results
* Ability to identify features of methods that might weaken validity of results
* Familiarity with the arguments, state of research and key concepts in the topic area of their research
* Ability to interpret the significance of findings from relevant sources of quantitative or qualitative evidence Professional practice skills
* Understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and the need to report these
* Awareness of the types of skills needed to access different sources of data and the activities necessary to access these.
* Ability to produce written reports to optimal standards of clarity, economy, and comprehensability
* Understanding of relationships between nature of methods and the kinds of results and discourse arising.

Any social research area for which adequate levels of supervision can be offered.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP50124 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
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