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Unit information: Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Politics) in 2015/16

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Unit name Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Politics)
Unit code SPAI30013
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Cini
Open unit status Not open

Conducting a Research Project using secondary data (UNIV2NEW7)



School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to undertake and report on a piece of original and individual disciplinary research on a topic of their own choosing but requiring the use of quantitative methods. It allows students to demonstrate their skills in topic selection, in investigating the background context of their chosen topic, in research design and implementation, in data analysis, interpretation and presentation, and in report writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to plan and undertake a research project of relevance to their discipline and demonstrating proficiency in the use of quantitative research methods.

Teaching Information

Introductory lecture, tutorials, dissertation advisory sessions

Assessment Information

1,500 word research design (15%); 10,000 word dissertation (85%)

Reading and References

Harrison L, 2001, Political Research: an Introduction. London: Routledge

Marsh, D. and Gerry Stoker (eds.), 2002, Theory and Methods in Political Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Silbergh D, 2001, Doing Dissertations in Politics. London: Routledge

Thomas G, 2013, How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. London: Sage.

White P, 2008, Developing Research Questions: A Guide for Social Scientists. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.