INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH - 2018/9

Module code: LAS1004

Module Overview

This module provides an overview and tasters of the diversity of methods used by researchers in a number of disciplines. We begin by considering the philosophical underpinnings of alternative approaches to social research and exploring the relationship between theory and data. The course then moves on to introduce and present examples of research using an array of different approaches.

 

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

POWRIE PP Prof (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: L390

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

n/a

Module content

 Indicative content includes:


Research Design
Developing Research Questions
Ethics in Research
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research
Interdisciplinarity
Scientific Scepticism and the limits of science

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT (500 WORDS) 25
Coursework ASSIGNMENT (1500 WORDS) 75

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to plan a research project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


a 500 word assignment in the form of an outline research proposal
a 1500 word assignment in the form of a full research proposal


Formative assessment

The online research proposal is assessed summatively, but also provides teaching staff with the opportunity to provide constructive formative feedback to feed into the writing of the full research proposals.

Feedback

Written feedback on the 500 word outline proposal will be given within three weeks. Students will be encouraged to attend staff office hours for further feedback.

Module aims

  • Provide an overview of the diverse research methods used within a number of disciplines
  • Familiarise students with examples of research carried out using
  • Introduce the basics of research design

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the diversity of methods used for research in academic research KC
002 Formulate a research question and develop an appropriate research design for addressing it PT
003 Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative methodological approaches   CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give students the basic tools to understand and use a variety of research methodologies;
Connect students’ individual experiences and understandings in a collaborative and student-led environment;
Provide a space for students to contextualise research methods, both disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily.


 The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures on research methods, shared with students from a number of social sciences;
Student-led seminars to apply lecture material to case studies and wider contexts;
Information session in the university library;
Required readings
Independent study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/las1004

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.