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Module Title LI Social Research II
SchoolSchool of Social Policy
Department Soc Policy, Sociology & Crimin
Module Code 08 30176
Module Lead Dr Andrew Knops
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides an introduction to the main methods for analysing data in the Social Sciences. It builds on the introduction to research methods, focussing on data collection, that students will have received in the first year Social Research I module. In the course of Social Research II, students will develop a critical understanding of how and when to use quantitative and qualitative techniques to analyse data. They will be given the opportunity to apply those techniques in workshops using up-to-date software where appropriate. Students will also engage with broader questions of research design such as developing a research focus and question, methods selection and research ethics, in developing a proposal for their final year dissertation. In equipping students to carry out data analysis and research design, this module will develop a range of abilities that are highly valued by academic and other employers, including higher-level IT skills, data manipulation, interpretation and presentation, working with others, readiness to accept responsibility and effective time management.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Understand and critically evaluate the theoretical basis for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of social data.
  • Understand and apply appropriate techniques to the analysis of qualitative interview, textual, quantitative and multi-source data.
  • Appreciate the potential for, and limitations of, computer aided qualitative and quantitative analysis, and be able to deploy the SPSS and NVivo software programs appropriately for this purpose.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in others’ research that uses the techniques outlined above.
  • Understand the difference between the products of analysis and the way in which these are presented in written reports, essays and articles, and show an ability to produce such materials for the analyses covered in the module.
  • Appreciate the principle elements of a research proposal, and critically evaluate them to produce and justify a research design for their own dissertation project.
Assessment 30176-07 : 2000 Word Quantitative Analysis Report : Coursework (33%)
30176-08 : 3000 Word Qualitative Analysis Report : Coursework (67%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
1 x 2,000 word quantitative analysis report (33%)
1 x 3,000 word qualitative analysis report (67%)

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