1 x 2-hour workshop fortnightly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
9 units of any Level 1 topics
Enrolment not permitted
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Assignment(s), Examination(s), Project, Test(s)
Topic description

This topic will provide students with a basic understanding of the process of conducting research, starting with framing research questions and research design, through to methods of data collection and data analysis. Students will also gain an appreciation and knowledge of the different epistemological and methodological approaches to research design and practice. They will also be introduced to the main principles of ethical research practice.

Educational aims

In this topic, students will develop:

  • An understanding of the process of research design
  • A critical understanding of the main criteria for assessing research quality
  • An appreciation of the different epistemological and methodological approaches to conducting social science research
  • The skills to be able to apply basic research methods to the collection and analysis of social science data
  • An understanding of the main principles that underlie ethical research practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate research design and apply standards for assessing research quality
  2. Analyse different epistemological and methodological approaches to the collection and analysis of social science research data
  3. Recognise the main ethical principles of social science research practice

Key dates and timetable

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