Module Identifier RS21410  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor William Haresign  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Alister Scott, Dr Basil Wolf, Dr David Wilman, Dr Iwan Owen, Dr Michael Christie, Mrs Meriel Moore-Colyer, Dr Malcolm Leitch, Professor Richard Moore-Colyer  
Assessment Research proposal assignment and oral presentation     100%  
  Resubmission of research proposal   Supplementary assessment.    

Syllabus / Curriculum design

This module will introduce students to the research process; they will receive instruction in writing a literature review, retrieving information from a variety of sources and constructing a bibliography. Experimental methodologies for field experimentation and surveys will be discussed, and practical sessions on economic assessments, surveys and consumer studies will be arranged. The design of questionnaires and the conduct of field scale experiments will also be covered. It is envisaged that the research plan produced will underpin the dissertation project to be undertaken in Level 3.

Aims of the module

This module aims to provide students with the skills necessary to undertake research work in rural studies. It is a generic training module, which will enable students to appreciate the different research techniques available in rural studies, to produce a research proposal and prepare them for the preparation of an undergraduate dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On compeletion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify the key stages in the research process
2. Evaluate approaches to research and research techniques in rural studies
3. Produce a research proposal