MA Criminology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Design II

Unit code SOCY60412
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The course provides a forum in which students can draw together and develop their understanding of the particular research methods which they cover in detail in other specialist modules (e.g. survey research and quantitative data analysis, the different types of qualitative research methods) through the application of this knowledge to their design of their research for their dissertation. The course includes contributions from external speakers with research expertise in policy and practice contexts.

Aims

' To provide a practical learning forum for students to consolidate and further develop their academic knowledge about research methods and associated methodological debates that they have studied in other specialist modules.

- To develop students' ability to design and implement their dissertation
research project for their MA programme.

- To provide students with the opportunity to develop their research proposals through group-based learning and discussion and in so doing to complement the work undertaken through individual supervision meetings under the dissertation programme.

- To provide students with the opportunity to develop their generic skills in oral and written presentation and in group work.

- To continue to support students in the implementation of their Personal Development Plans

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have

- Applied and developed their knowledge of methods and methodology through a focus on preparing their own research design for their dissertation and through discussion of their peers' research design.

- Produced their research design and literature review as a basis for the empirical work for their dissertation.

- Presented and discussed their research design with a small peer group.

- Developed their skills and experience in the oral presentation of their work (as well as in written presentation for the assessment).

- Developed their evaluation skills through the discussion of their peers' research proposals.

- Developed practical skills in research design through applying their methods training to their own dissertation project.

Teaching and learning methods

The weekly sessions are a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises undertaken by students individually or working in groups.

Assessment methods

One assessed 3,000 word essay. There is also a compulsory non-assessed presentation by students and a seminar review.

Recommended reading

You are expected to build on your reading from Research Design I and other completed methods modules in order to develop a good knowledge of the social research methods literature. There are no specifically recommended readings for the sessions; instead you are expected to read round the topic before and after the lectures, largely on your own initiative, guided by the bibliography and by further suggestions given in the lectures. Please see the full details of the course on blackboard, for the weekly power point presentations.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Madeline Abbas Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Information
Research Design II is focused on developing a student's ability to design and implement their own research project as part of their dissertation work for their MA programme. The course builds on Research Design I and is explicitly integrated into the schedule for dissertation preparation and supervision within the School of Social Sciences.
The course provides a forum in which students can draw together and develop their understanding of the particular research methods which they cover in detail in other specialist modules (e.g. survey research and quantitative data analysis, the different types of qualitative research methods) through the application of this knowledge to their design of their research for their dissertation. This course covers the development of a literature review.
The course includes further support and updates on students personal Development Plans (PDPs) following on from the plans put in place in the first term. The University of Manchester Personal Development Planning Policy (2005) defines PDP as a 'structured and supported process that is undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement and to aid planning for their own [personal], academic and career development.'



 

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