|Delivery length / details
|5 x 1 Hour Lectures
|2 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Dissertation : 12,000 - 20,000 words to be submitted in Semester 2
|Dissertation : 12,000 - 20,000 words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Design a research question which is able to be tested through an empirical project
2. Demonstrate an ability to place that question within a theoretical context
3. Demonstrate the ability to carry out an effective literature review
4. Demonstrate an ability to choose and design the methodology which will best throw light on the research question(s)
5. Identify and deal with common methodological problems
6. Collect data
7. Analyse and critically evaluate research data
8. Demonstrate the ability to interpret findings
9. Draw conclusions based on the findings
10. Ensure that the conclusions reached are clearly supported by the data
11. Place findings in the broader context of theory and policy
12. Provide a logical and clear presentation and writing up of their findings.
Brief Description: This module will enable students to design carry out and write up a rigorous empirical research project in Criminology.
Content: The research topic is chosen by the student on advice from staff.
|Application of Number
|This will be required. The critical evaluation of quantitative materials, whether their own or those of other researchers, requires analysis of numerical information. Students will be introduced to the use and analysis of numerical information, especially statistical information used in empirical research.
|Oral skills will not be assessed but students will be required to defend their design and methodology to both their supervisor and to other students in their group.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Most students will opt to complete their own empirical project which will necessarily develop independent work which will then be assessed. Where they choose to embark on a group project each student within the project will be required to take control of a specific element of the research and their individual input will be assessed on their achievement within this section. Assessment of the individual within the group will be both by both peer assessment and by group presentations/vivas.
|Empirical research necessitates the use of IT packages, especially for the presentation of data. Research always requires the use of the libraries paper based and electronic sources as well as the web and we will expect this to be no different from other modules.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|The module will require a high level of independent research activity, time management and an understanding of when to draw research to a close. The module aims to develop transferable skills such as research, analysis, critical evaluation, statistical evaluation which are valuable in many professional contexts.
|To set a viable topic for research, set a research question, design methodology, apply it and analyse the results. Each element of this requires problem solving skills.
|(a) to develop an appreciation of the research potential of subjects through the choice of a viable topic for research; (b) to develop research skills as regards the location of relevant material, in particular through the use of bibliographical guides and subject databases; (c) to develop the skills associated with the designing, planning, organising, collecting results and analysis of results and timetabling of a sustained piece of research over a period of some months; (d) to develop the ability to organise ideas and order material for the effective presentation of argument and data; (e) to develop academic writing skills for purposes of presenting a clear, articulate and readable account of the subject in question in a substantial written format of 6000 - 10,000 words.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Some students may choose to embark on a group project and then there will be an assessment of how well the group has worked as well as individual assessment both of their ability to work as part of a group and of their individual contribution. Where students work individually on their projects they will be called together to discuss their research in groups. In lectures they will also be expected to carry out small exercises, and to solve or discuss various problems within groups.
This module is at CQFW Level 6