|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Qualitative exercise 2000 words||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Quantitative exercise 1000 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Qualitative exercise 2000 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Quantitative exercise 1000 words||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand some basic statistical concepts and techniques (e.g. measures of central tendency, correlation).
2. Conduct a qualitative interview.
3. Construct a survey questionnaire.
4. Appreciate the general strengths and limitations associated with quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis in criminological settings.
5. Read and critically assess empirical criminological research studies.
6. Recognise the limitations of empirical data and how quantitative and qualitative data can be misused.
Students are introduced to some fundamental principles of research design, data handling and interpretation embracing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. There are opportunities for students to actively engage in the research process, developing observation skills and undertaking one-to-one interviewing.
Basic quantitative methods
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||The use of numbers is inherent in the process of analyzing data.|
|Communication||Written communication is expected in their summative assessments. Whereas lecture, seminars and practicals will utilize verbal communication strategies.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will learn and practice specific research skills for both formative and summative assessments.|
|Information Technology||Students will rely on IT in both practicals and for their assessments.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The skills learned in this module are an excellent foundation for future research activities in either postgraduate work or employment.|
|Problem solving||Students are expected to identify and find solutions during data analysis and in the process of different qualitative methods.|
|Research skills||Students will be undertaking a range of research methods and use IT in the process.|
|Subject Specific Skills||This module uses specific criminological examples and data.|
|Team work||Students will be expected to undertake some team work during seminar activities.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4