Module Information

Module Identifier
PGM0210
Module Title
Principles of Research Design
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Jane Wellens (Head of Graduate School - University of Nottingham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word assignment  students to design and present their own research proposal within an appropriate methodological and epistemological context  100%
Supplementary Assessment 3,000 word assignment  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the basic principles of research design and strategy
  • Show an ability to formulate researchable questions
  • Explain why their research questions are significant and what kinds of questions theirs epistemologically are
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of alternative approaches to research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in the philosophy of social science/history and their relevance to their research fields/topics

Brief description

This module will form an integral part of a suite of RT masters courses being developed across the University. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of research skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.

Aims

This module aims to give research students a knowledge of the basic principles of research design and strategy. It will enable them to demonstrate their capacity to: formulate their research question, analyse them and where appropriate, formulate testable hypothesis; explain why their research questions are significant, what kinds of question theirs epistemologically are and why they are adopting their chosen modes/methods of enquiry; and assess the implications of the outcomes of their research. To this end, this module provides students with a sytematically guided opportunity to familiarise themselves with certain key issues in the philosophy of social science and of history, such as: causation and multi-causality; modes of explanation and understanding; the nature of historical knowledge; sampling, sampling error and generalizability; society/history as social/historical constructs; critical functions of social science.

Content

This module covers the following topics:
  • Research design and strategy
  • Research questions and dissertation structures
  • Causation and other related issues
  • Explaining a sequence
  • Narrative and the world
  • Critical perspectives
  • Research proposals workshop

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7