RESEARCH PROJECT - 2020/1

Module code: SOC0003

Module Overview

This will be a guided research module where students can identify and explore in detail a topic of their choice, using either quantitative or qualitative research methods (or a mix of both). Teaching input will focus on the methods of investigation and the critical analysis of outcomes. It is anticipated that teaching will be replaced by individual supervision as the semester progresses.

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

MACALLISTER Christopher (FASS Admin)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

This is an opportunity for students to draw together strands from the previous modules and apply them to an area of their own interest within an economics or business context. They will be guided in their choice of topic areas to ascertain relevance and learning opportunities.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Proposal (500 words) (Week 4) 10
Oral exam or presentation Individual presentation (Week 8/9) 20
Coursework Extended essay or report (3,000 words) (Week 14) 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the application of the skills developed and the knowledge gleaned so far on the course. They will have the chance to interrogate data and make and communicate meaningful conclusions. They should be able to draw together different strands from across the course and demonstrate their awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of knowledge and the transferability of skills.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • One 500 word proposal

  • One 10 minute individual presentation

  • One 3,000 word extended essay or report



Formative assessment and feedback

There will be important opportunities to seek feedback and advice on the direction of the main component of summative assessment via a brief proposal and individual presentation to tutors

Module aims

  • Give students the opportunity to develop their independent research and writing skills by focusing on a topic of interest and conducting an in-depth investigation
  • Develop students’ capacities of analysis and evaluation to help them present consistent and original argument for appraisal
  • Build confidence in relevant skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply critical thinking skills to question and interrogate data CPT
002 Research independently and draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis and investigation CPT
003 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding derived from the conceptual and theoretical frameworks explored in previous modules CKT
004 Apply theory to practice and reflect critically on both CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 270

Lecture Hours: 8

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable students to conduct a piece of research in a context where they are advised and monitored on an ongoing basis in order to meet the learning outcomes. There will be regular opportunities for them to seek input as they develop confidence in their own ability to interrogate source material, draw conclusions and further their own knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures on research methods and quantitative and qualitative approaches (1 hours per week x 8)

  • Seminars (2 hours per week) offering the opportunity to seek feedback and guidance on the assessed component

  • Guided individual reading and study

  • 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 RESEARCH PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc0003

Other information

None.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations with Foundation Year LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Media and Communication with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Politics with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Relations with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2020/1 academic year.