Module Details

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Code SOCI301
Coordinator Dr KA Inckle
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30


-Support students to acquire research skills through independent research and project management by pursuing a substantial research project supported by a teaching and supervision framework.

-Support students to undertake a substantial, independent piece of supervised written work based on research into a topic of their choice. Help students develop their abilities to organise, plan and manage their own learning.

-Facilitate students in developing research skills and provides them with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a particular topic which of interest to them.

-Provide an opportunity to design and carry out substantial independent analysis of data and/or other research materials, whether primary or secondary data or theoretical or methodological arguments.

-Enable students to exercise the inter-personal and time management skills required for independen t research. Provide an opportunity to frame and complete a substantial piece of writing.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify an appropriate social science research topic

(LO2) Design a viable undergraduate dissertation project

(LO3) Source and evaluate relevant materials for the research question

(LO4) Discern, justify and operationalise appropriate methods tocomplete the project

(LO5) Apply critical and analytical skills to literature, policy,data or evidence relevant to project

(LO6) Develop and utilise time management and organisationalskills

(LO7) Demonstrate the capacity to synthesise all research material and producea coherent, social science dissertation

(S1) Referencing and citing sources

(S2) Independence/initiative

(S3) Interpersonal skills (supervision, group work, research interactions)

(S4) Complete an independent project



· Semester 1 11 x 1 hour lectures to facilitate project design andplanning Indicative content:  making a topic into a research question, literaturesearching, methods, understanding and writing aims, objectives and outcomes,designing a research proposal, ethics and ethical review procedures, planningand organising research.

· Semester 2 6 x 1.5 hour practical workshops using peer learning Indicative content: interviews and focus-groups, analysingdata, presenting findings and discussion, writing and structuring a dissertation,originality, referencing, presentation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Semester 1: eleven 1 hour lectures;
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Semester 2: six bi-weekly 1.5 hour practical workshops
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: Supervision of research project
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: The tutorials will consist of at least one scheduled group supervision, in addition to up to three hours of individual supervision (most likely in half-hour slots) scheduled by the student
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 3

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 276


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 2: Dissertation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :semester 2  8000-10000 words    100       

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