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
Prerequisites

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2019/0, 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:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Students will have weekly lectures and tutorials, covering both social science research methods and study skills. The tutorials will offer opportunities for discussions of recommended readings, problem-solving exercises and practical research tasks. LOs 1 - 4 will contribute to student's knowledge of social science research methods and enhance their study skills.

Formative Assessment
A number of formative assessments and activities will take place from early on in the module in order to help students to develop the skills and knowledge required in the summative assessments. These formative assessments and activities will include skills and learning style self-assessments, group exercises to practise critiquing a research paper, data entry and data analysis exercises, and informal group presentations. There will also be a study skills element to the module which will focus on developing skills for undergraduate study and will present many opportunities for formative feedback. This will include input on assignment preparation and essay writing, library skills, interpersonal and communication skills, referencing and plagiarism, and academic reading.

Summative Assessment
LOs 1-4: The summative assessment will involve the production of an essay that critically evaluates a research article.


Formative Assessment:
A number of formative assessments and activities will take place from early on in the module in order to help students to develop the skills and knowledge required in the summative assessments. These formative assessments and activities will include skills and learning style self-assessments, group exercises to practise critiquing a research paper, data entry and data analysis exercises, and informal group presentations. There will also be a study skills element to the module which will focus on developing skills for undergraduate study and will present many opportunities for formative feedback. This will include input on assignment preparation and essay writing, library skills, interpersonal and communication skills, referencing and plagiarism, and academic reading.


Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-4: The summative assessment will involve the production of an essay that critically evaluates a research article.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
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

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.

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