|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written Assignment Dissertation of no more than 15,000 words||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Demonstrate the ability to work and research a topic independently;
2. Demonstrate an ability to place a research question(s) within a theoretical context;
3. Identify and prioritise source materials needed for a clear and proper understanding of a particular research
4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct an effective and critical literature review;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of some fundamental principles of research methodology by critiquing existing
research studies and/or designing and conducting a piece of empirical research;
6. Identify and deal with common methodological problems;
7. Collect, analyse and critically evaluate research data;
8. Demonstrate the ability to organise ideas and order material for the effective presentation of an argument;
9. Place the findings of their research within the broader context of theory and policy relating to crime and
10. Provide a logical and clear presentation and writing-up of research findings.
This module will enable students to either (a) design, conduct and write-up a piece of theoretically-informed empirical research in criminology (using primary and/or secondary data) or (b) undertake a rigorous critical evaluation of a research topic using both library and electronic information resources.
The research topic is chosen by the student in consultation with the module coordinator and another member of the teaching team.
Throughout the module, students develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.
This module is at CQFW Level 7