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SOCI7002 - Research Project

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Title:Research Project
Long Title:Research Project
Module Code:SOCI7002
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Sociology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: November 2021
Module Coordinator: TOM O CONNOR
Module Author: MARGARET O KEEFFE
Module Description: The module seeks to equip students with advanced knowledge (both conceptual and practical) to undertake and sustain a substantial community research project.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Via goal-setting and prioritization of activities, apply effective project management skills to the research process
LO2 Critically draw on core empirical, interpretative, and critical research methodologies
LO3 Formulate a research question and construct a project to address it
LO4 Articulate issues pertaining to the rights of research subjects including confidentiality, attribution and copyright
LO5 Apply a reflective approach to the research process
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project management skills
Goal setting in the research process: time management, organisational skills and academic writing skills.
History of social theory
Functionalist, interpretative and critical paradigms/methodologies and their application to social research (particularly in community-based-settings).
Data gathering techniques
Questionnaires (for example, structured and semi-structured); in-depth interviewing; participant observation: the question of social roles; access and ethics; library research skills; desk-based research.
Ethical/legal issues
Copyright Act (1963), Data Protection Act (1988) and their implications for the researcher; feminist research and ethical research.
Formulating a research question
Identifying a research question; reviewing the literature; practical versus abstract knowledge; hypothesis testing or generating. Constructing variables; developing a methodology.
Writing a thesis
The format of thesis writing; report construction, identifying the various components of a report. Adopting an appropriate register; presentation of quantitative findings, presentation of interview material.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Research Proposal 2,3 15.0 Week 6
Presentation Presentation of a draft Project Report 1,3,4,5 10.0 Week 10
Project Research Project 2,3 75.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Research Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Research 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Research Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Research 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bailey, V. 1995, Essential Research Skills, Collins Educational Glasgow [ISBN: 10: 0003223566/ISBN13: 978-0003223569]
  • Sarantakos S. 1998, Social Research, Macmillan Press London [ISBN: 1403943206]
  • Creswell, J.W. 2012, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design - Choosing Among Five Approaches, 3rd Ed., Sage Thousand Oaks, California [ISBN: 1412995302]
  • Fabb, N. & Durant, A. 1993, How to Write Essays and Dissertations - A Guide for English Literature Students, 2nd Ed., Pearson Longman London [ISBN: 0582089778]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Byrne, A. and Lentin, R. 2000, (Re)searching Women: Feminist Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences in Ireland Dublin, IPA Dublin [ISBN: 1-902448-46-4]
  • Oakley, A. 1981, Doing Feminist Research, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415025478]
  • Reason, P.W. and Bradbury, H. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice, 2nd Ed., Seven Oaks California [ISBN: 10:978-1-412905-45-9]
  • Roller, M. N. 2011, Qualitative Research Design: Selected Articles from Research Design Review, Ch. 1 - 5, Roller Market Research
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Science Europe - Social Sciences Committee 2015, Ethical Protocols and Standards for Research in Social Sciences Today
  • Lynch, Kathleen 1999, Equality Studies, the Academy and the Role of Research in Emancipatory Social Change, The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 41 - 69
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 6 Mandatory

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