Module title: Preparation for Honours Project

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

Module code: SSC10115
Module leader: Nick Cimini
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

n/a

2018/9, 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:
Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, seminars and project supervision. Lectures and tutorials will provide the framework for understanding the module content using a variety of audio-visual resources, group discussions and practical exercises to foster student engagement. Specific research examples will illustrate the key concepts and issues discussed, providing direct links to research praxis. Each student will also be assigned a project supervisor who will provide individual advice relating to the student’s project.
The formative assessments will consist of regular supervision meetings and the completion of a supervision log. This will involve students describing the content of their learning, the advice received from supervisors, and a plan of action for work to be undertaken.



Formative Assessment:
The formative assessments will consist of regular supervision meetings and the completion of a supervision log. This will involve students describing the content of their learning, the advice received from supervisors, and a plan of action for work to be undertaken.

Supervisors will provide individual advice relating to the Honours Project.


Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will consist of a research design application form (to be submitted in Week 8).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 192
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3,4,5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module develops an understanding of the theory and practice of social science research. Topics to be covered include theories of knowledge, research strategies, research design, the ethics and politics of research, different sources of evidence, forms of analysis and writing-up.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify a topic for systematic investigation, analysis and evaluation
LO2: Establish a research aim and research objectives
LO3: Select and justify appropriate research methodologies and ethical approaches
LO4: Collect, analyse and evaluate primary and / or secondary data
LO5: Develop study, computing, written and oral communication skills, appropriate for Level 10.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - BELL, J. (2014) DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: A GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME RESEARCHERS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCE: MAIDENHEAD: MCGRAW-HILL OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS., 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780335264469
Recommended - BLACK, J. & MACRAILD, D.M. (2007) STUDYING HISTORY: BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN., 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9781403987341
Recommended - COOLICAN, H. (2009) RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY: LONDON: HODDER EDUCATION., 5th ed. - ISBN: 9780340983447
Recommended - HART, C. (2001) DOING A LITERATURE REVIEW: LONDON: SAGE., 1st ed. - ISBN: 0761959742
Recommended - MASON, J (2002) QUALITATIVE RESEARCHING: LONDON: SAGE., 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0761974270
Recommended - SMITH, K., TODD, M. AND WALDMAN, J. (2009) DOING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE SOCIAL SCIENCE DISSERTATION: LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780415467483
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