The main objectives of this module are to enable you to:
Explore the theoretical underpinnings of social research
Develop an understanding of the process and outputs of a literature review
Recognise the key characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research methods
Examine methods of conducting and analysing quantitative and qualitative research
Understand what is involved in writing up and presenting research findings in an appropriate manner
Plan a coherent research project from start to finish
Module learning outcomes
By the end of this module you should:
Be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of a range of social research methods.
Be familiar with and be able to critically assess some of the key characteristics of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Be able to understand the process of and conduct a literature review.
Have a basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Be familiar with the basic process of the manipulation and interpretation of statistical data using SPSS.
Be able to present research findings in a clear and coherent manner.
Be able to plan a research project from start to finish.
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
The lead marker (the module tutor) will include comments about the content, structure, and evidence used etc. to provide you with constructive information that will enable you to improve on future work. The feedback a tutor can offer can be invaluable to your studies, so it is important you read this carefully
We aim to return your marked work to you within one month of its submission.
Feedback will be given in three ways:
(1) Comments within the actual text will highlight specific points and examples that the marker wants to draw to your attention.
(2) The marking criteria will be highlighted to show how your assignment has been rated against those criteria. This will enable you to calibrate your performance against a consistent scale, and therefore to aim to improve in specific areas.
(3) Finally the marker will provide a narrative summary in which the main points will be set out and any major areas for improvement highlighted.
BOEIJE, H.R. (2009) Analysis in Qualitative Research , Sage, London
BRYMAN, A. (2012) Research Methods, 4th Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press
DE VAUS, D., A. (2013) Surveys in Social Research (6th edition), London, Routledge
HART, C. (1998) Doing a Literature Review, London, Sage
MACLEOD, J., and THOMSON, R. (2009) Researching Social Change, London, Sage
SILVERMAN, D. (2011) Interpreting Qualitative Data, London, Sage