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Unit information: The Core Skills of Social Research (2): Dissertation Preparation in 2018/19

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Unit name The Core Skills of Social Research (2): Dissertation Preparation
Unit code SPOLD1003
Credit points 10
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Payne
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit provides the core skills of research for dissertations and theses and through to a career in research (public private, and academic). Sessions include: introduction to the research process and research design, operationalisation of the research question, the planning and management of the research process; timetabling and multi-task management; the student-adviser contract, research ethics.

Objectives:

To introduce students to the core transferable skills of research and to prepare them for the preparation and completion of their dissertation.

Intended learning outcomes

Student will have a grasp of the basic skills of information searching, the mechanics of thesis production; an understanding of the generics of the research process both in independent and collaborative research; an ability to plan for the main forms of research dissemination.

Teaching details

Lectures and student led discussions.

Assessment Details

A written assignment of 4,000 words as a dissertation proposal.

Reading and References

  • Gilbert, N. (2008) Researching Social Life 4rd Edition, London: Sage.
  • Creswell, J. (2008) Research Design the Third Edition: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, London: Sage
  • Denscombe, M. (2010) The Good Research Guide for small-scale social research projects 4th edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., and Tight, M. (2010) How to Research 4th edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press

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