Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SSIM904: Research Design Methods and Skills for AQM
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
This course is delivered over six days, divided into two half-days at each institution (Bath, Bristol, Exeter) plus pre-reading material online in advance of each half-day session. Each half-day will entail lecture time plus seminars to discuss the material introduced. The main topics to be covered include: ontology and epistemology in social research; varieties of approaches to research design from different disciplinary backgrounds; question design and formulation; criteria for evaluating research and strategies to enhance research quality; critical evaluation of different methodologies; preparing research proposals and communicating research.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||12||6 x 2 hours of lectures (2 hours per ½ day session). These lectures cover the main concepts of the course.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||9||6 x 1.5 hours of tutorials/seminars (1.5 hours per ½ day session) .These practical sessions cover the application of techniques|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Reading the relevant literature discussed in class|
|Guided independent study||60||Reading and preparing materials for the 3 research projects that constitute the modules summative assessment|
|Guided independent study||39||Acquiring additional experience with software and computing tools required to conduct the type of analyses discussed in class|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
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