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

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Unit name Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Sociology)
Unit code SPAI30014
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Surridge
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

Formative: 10-15 minute presentation at Dissertation Conference

Dissertation proposal (2000 words) (10% of final mark) Dissertation (approx 10000 words) (90% of final mark)

Reading and References

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.