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ED20409: Doing social science research

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ED10355
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
This unit aims to enable students to develop their understanding of research methods for sport, physical activity and exercise.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will have:
* an understanding of techniques of small-scale enquiry;
* an understanding of interview-based, observational and media analysis approaches;
* experience in using the research literature to generate relevant research questions;
* an understanding of how to develop an appropriate research design, and how to locate and review literature in appropriate fields;
* an understanding of methods of data collection and techniques of analysis;
* An understanding of the key approaches to `writing´┐Ż in the social sciences.

Skills:

* Production of concise, scholarly, written communication to agreed specifications and deadlines. T/F
* Analysis and synthesis of written information from multiple sources. T/F/A
* Development of arguments through the precise use of concepts. T/F/A
* Oral presentation skills. F
* Selection, presentation, interpretation and analysis of numerical data T/F/A
* Working independently. F
* Formulation of research questions and research design to answer them T/F/A.

Content:
The following topics will be covered:
* Preliminary Considerations: Key Concepts, Conceptual Frameworks, Literature Reviews, Use of theory and data, Research Ethics
* Quantitative Approaches to Social Science: A critical engagement with quantitative techniques of small scale inquiry (e.g. survey research, secondary data sets, sampling, case studies, media analysis, interviews)
* Qualitative Approaches to Social Science: A critical engagement with qualitative techniques of small scale inquiry (e.g. interviews, ethnography, participant observation, focus groups, media analysis, case studies, PAR, narrative and autoethnographic approaches)
* Analysis & Interpretation: Critical engagement with the practices of claims making, addressing notions of research quality including validity, generalisabilty, credibility, trustworthiness, and reciprocity.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20409 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB01 : BA (hons) Coach Education & Sports Development (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHED-AKB01 : BA (hons) Coach Education & Sports Development (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHED-AFB08 : BA (hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHED-AKB08 : BA (hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* 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.