SOC06014 2018 Study and Research for Sociologists
This module aims to support students with their transition into higher education learning. Students will develop their own writing by building on analytic and critical writing skills. Other academic learning will include understanding the research process and codes of ethics in research, with a focus on sociological studies. Students will also develop their interpersonal communication, whilst building their vocabulary from a sociological perspective. Additional skills that that will be developed as part of this learning include team building and presentation skills. The overall aim of which is to prepare students to apply these core competences in their subject area and studies.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Identify and incorporate key skills in academic writing
Develop critical thinking skills
Assess the reliability and validity of various sources of knowledge
Explore the process of research and the ethical dimensions of research
Establish a variety of presentation skills
Participate as an effective team member within their group
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The module will be delivered within a 3 hour allocation. This will include lecturing, small group work, problem based learning. This will evolve with the cohort of students. The VLE platform Moodle, will act as a support to student learning.
Module Assessment Strategies
Individual Written essay: Students are required to write one essay from a sociological perspective, based on sociological research. Students will receive feedback on one draft and must include both copies in the portfolio (50%).
Group Work and Presentation: Students will work on a group research activity, present their findings orally (30%) and submit a team work portfolio (20%).
Formative feedback will be facilitated as part of the assessment criteria.
Repeat essay will be used if failed components occur.
Identify and incorporate key skills in academic writing: Students will be supported to develop their academic writing skills. They will learn how to use the Harvard referencing system, gain an understanding of plagiarism and how to use turn-it-in.
Develop critical thinking skills: Students will build on their critical thinking skills. To do this they will identify flaws in existing arguments. Students will practice these skills through class debates, writing exercises, critical reading templates, reading literature and through their own writing.
Assess the reliability and validity of various sources of knowledge: Students will review, critique and analyse sociological research papers for reliability and validity. They will also review other sources of information, such as newspapers and web pages, to compare and contrast reliability.
Explore the process of research and ethical dimensions of research: Students will be introduced to social scientific approaches to knowledge collection and analysis in sociological research. Students will be introduced to research design to include qualitative and quantitative design and literature reviews. Research methods such as interviews, focus groups and questionnaires will also be explored. In addition there will be a focus on ethical research practice and the SAI - Sociological Association of Ireland ethical guidelines for researchers.
Establish a variety of presentation skills: Students will be supported to develop presentation skills. This will involve the selection and organisation of relevant information. Further to this, there will be a focus on building confidence, using visual aids effectively, voice quality, verbal and non-verbal communication, engaging with the audience and creativity.
Participate as an effective team member: Students will explore the roles and responsibilities of team membership. Barriers to effective teams will be identified. There will be a focus on effective interpersonal communication in teams.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Essay||Continuous Assessment||Essay||50 %||Week 13||1,2,3|
|2||Group Research Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||30 %||Week 11||4,5|
|3||Teamwork Portfolio||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||20 %||Week 13||6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Tutorial||Flat Classroom||Tutorial workshop||1||Weekly||1.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
01/01/2005 Doing your research project: A guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
01/01/2012 Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
01/01/2006 Between ourselves.An introduction to interpersonal communication. London: Hodder Arnold.
01/01/2008 The Study Skills Handbook. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
01/01/2011 Critical thinking skills. Developing effective analysis and argument. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
01/01/2007 Surveys in social research. Australia: Allen & Unwin. Australia: Allen & Unwin.
01/01/2004 Skilled interpersonal communication: Research, theory and Practice. East Sussex: Routledge.
01/01/2000 Focus Groups: A practical guide for applied research. California: Sage Publications.
01/01/2013 Cite them right: 9 th Ed. The essential referencing guide. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.
01/01/2009 Oxford dictionary of sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Moodle will be used.