CARE07046 2016 Social Science Research Methods
This module introduces students to research methods in a systematic fashion. It builds on basic ideas of research discussed in the previous two years of the programme. It explores the nature of the social scientific method and research skills as applied to the design, collection, analysis, management, and interpretation of data. This module will also provide students with an overview of epistemological and ontological issues in relation to the social research process.
This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:
Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability
Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Team working
Domain 3: Safety & Quality
Domain 4: Professional Development
Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Have an advanced understanding of social research strategies (Domain: 1.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 5.6, 5.15)
Identify and evaluate ethics in social research (Domain: 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.15, 1.16, 1.18, 3.6, 4.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.15, 5.17)
Explain and apply the techniques of research practice (Domain: 1.15, 1.16, 1.18, 2.6, 3.6, 4.5, 5.2, 5.5, 5.6, 5.17)
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The model of learning emphasises a shared learning experience, peer support, and guidance from the lecturer.
Module Assessment Strategies
Literature Review/Annotated Bibliography
The module assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:
Literature Review/Annotated Bibliography: Domain 1.13, 1.16, 1.18, 2.6, 3.6, 4.5, 5.15, 5.17
Research Proposal: Domain 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.15, 1.16, 1.18, 2.6, 3.6, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 5.6, 5.15, 5.17
Repeat written assignments
1. Social research strategies
- Theory and research
- Epistemological considerations
- Ontological considerations
- Qualitative and Quantitative research
2. Ethics and equality in social research
- Discourses of ethics and equality in research practice
- Codes of ethics of SAI, PSI, BSA and other relevant bodies
- Anti-oppressive practice within research
3. Advanced research design and practice
· defining the topic
· designing a research project
· developing research questions
· writing a proposal
· conducting a literature review
· data collection: qualitative and quantitative approaches
· data management
· analysing qualitative and quantitative data
· assessing the work of researchers
· describe different and competing research on similar topics
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Research Proposal||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||60 %||End of Term||1,2,3|
|2||Literature Review/Annotated Bibliography||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||40 %||Week 6|
Full Time Mode Workload
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