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

SP50127: Preparing a research proposal

Click here for further information Credits: 3
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)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
By means of supervised preparations, this unit aims to prepare students for the production of a research proposal to a notional funding body; in order to acquire skills and understanding of how to translate research ideas into a logically coherent proposal meeting basic logistic and budgetary criteria for a fundable project. Learning
Objectives: By the completion of their proposals students should have: Knowledge and understanding of
* how to prepare the discursive elements of a proposal
* the project management expectations of funding bodies
* relevant budgetary information and costing practices involved
* the order of priorities in formulating a case for funding. Intellectual skills
* Be able to recognise and summarise the key elements of a project proposal: aims, objectives, literature context, and methods of investigation etc
* Use an appropriate discursive style in which to write the application
* Envisage and plan the conduct of a project
* Anticipate and meet the expectations and potential criticisms of funding bodies and their referees in the formulation of the case for funding
* Simplify and communicate the essentials of complex theoretical or evidential materials for consideration by an unknown assessor(s). Professional practice skills
* Proficiency in condensing information in an effective manner within pre-specified categories
* Knowing and applying logistic principles for project management, such as timetabling, Gant charts etc
* Knowing and applying financial conventions for budgetary estimates, such as salary and travel costings.
* Demonstrating the adequacy and suitability of chosen research methods over other possible approaches
* Identifying feasible outcomes of research in terms of significance of findings for: different constituencies and suitable media for disseminating findings.

Constructing and arguing a case for funded research, principles of research management, constructing a research budget.
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SP50127 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
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