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XX50133: Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
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.

See above.

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 Economics Department of Education Department for Health Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.