Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Criminology Research Skills 1
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 3 x 2 Hour Workshops
Practical 3 x 2 Hour Practicals
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures


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%

Learning Outcomes

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.

Brief description

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.


​Sample survey research

Questionnaire design

Qualitative interviewing

​Basic quantitative methods

Module Skills

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