Core Module Information
Module title: Understanding Social Science Research

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC07103
Module leader: Nick Cimini
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

This module offers an introduction to the methods, ethics, politics and philosophy of social science research. Key areas to be studied include the philosophy of knowledge; quantitative and qualitative methods; survey research; official statistics; interviewing; participant observations; online research; action research methods; and evaluating social research. There will also be a study skills element to the module which will focus on developing skills for undergraduate study. This will include input on assignment preparation and essay writing, library skills, interpersonal and communication skills, referencing and plagiarism, and academic reading.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Use appropriate methodological concepts to evaluate one or more examples of contemporary social science research.
LO2: Define key terms used in social science research.
LO3: Think and write critically about research design and research methods.
LO4: Develop study, computing, and written communication skills, appropriate for Level 07.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Cimini
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Online Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC07103 Understanding Social Science Research