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Doing Research - SOC00061I

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Cynthia Meersohn Schmidt
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Research is generally a collaborative pursuit, therefore you will gain experience of working within research teams to develop important group working skills. The module will prepare you for undertaking your dissertation in third year, and provide you with valuable transferable research skills, which will enhance your employability.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles that underlie social research. You will develop skills in undertaking qualitative and quantitative research, with a focus on the practicalities and ethical issues involved. We focus therefore on the doing of research. Research is generally a collaborative pursuit, therefore you will gain experience of working within research teams to develop important group working skills. The module will prepare you for undertaking your dissertation in third year, and provide you with valuable transferable research skills, which will enhance your employability.

Module learning outcomes

Describe and apply the key principles of social science research

Identify and appropriately respond to the ethical issues involved in undertaking social science research

Investigate social science problems through the critical application of appropriate quantitative or qualitative research techniques

Reflect continuously on your own learning and development as part of your professional progression

Work effectively in teams to confidently and effectively present complex ideas

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Portfolio:3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Portfolio:3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

For formative work - Research Team Presentation - students will receive verbal feedback on how to improve their skills in areas that will contribute towards their summative assessment. The formative assessments provide practice for the summative task, and in line with MLO 3 and 5.

For summative work - portfolio - students will receive an overall mark and grading according to clearly defined criteria for assessing their knowledge, skills and abilities in line with MLO 1-5. They will also receive written feedback showing areas in which they have done well, and those areas in which they need to improve that will contribute to their progress.

Indicative reading

Punch, K. (2014). Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. 3rd ed. London: SAGE.



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