Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SOCM020: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.
How this Module is Assessed
In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.
A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Structured feedback on classroom contributions||Throughout seminars||1-11||Oral - Meeting with module tutor|
A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Critical analysis of an agreed piece of published social science research||20||2,000 words||1-11||Written feedback.|
|Annotated literature review (minimum 10 pieces) of an agreed topic||20||2,000 words||1-11||Written feedback|
|Essay||60||3,000 words||1-11||Written feedback|
Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Critical analysis of an agreed piece of published socials science research||Critical analysis of an agreed piece of published sociological research (2,000 words)||1-11||August/September Re-assessment period|
|Annotated literature review (minimum 10 pieces) of an agreed topic||Annotated literature review (minimum 10 pieces) of an agreed topic (2,000 words)||1-11||August/September assessment period|
|Essay||Annotated literature review (minimum 10 pieces) of an agreed topic (3,000 words)||1-11||August/September assessment period|