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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI3019: Quantitative Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the dissertation is to give you the opportunity to use the quantitative and research methods skills acquired as part of your year 1 and year 2 core modules to answer your chosen research question. This module allows you to demonstrate and further develop skills associated with data collection (secondary or primary), data management, and the communication of quantitative information to address a research topic in our area of interest. You will have help and guidance from members of the academic staff both in terms of developing an appropriate research question and important methodological considerations of your project. The dissertation also provides you with the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of a specific area of academic research in your respective discipline.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. develop your own research project on an area of social science that interests you;
2. consolidate key research methods and quantitative analysis skills developed in core BSc modules
3. enhance your research methods and quantitative analysis skills in the context of a topic that interests you;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. display comprehensive knowledge of relevant criminological, political, and/or sociological literature;
5. demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical debates related to a particular topic of interest;
6. collect, analyse, and present original research with reference to appropriate criminological, political, and/or sociological approaches and theories;
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative skills to answer a relevant research question;
8. manage and organize the different phases of the research project from conception to final presentation;
9. prepare a substantive written presentation of the materials, methods, and conclusions.