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Unit information: Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Sociology) in 2022/23

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Unit name Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods) (Sociology)
Unit code SOCI30065
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Marshall
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

POLI20001 Conducting a Research Project using secondary data

SOCI20069 Principles of Quantitative Social Science

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

Your aim is to develop and present independent critical thought on a research question of sociological relevance, which has been chosen by you having consulted your supervisor. The dissertation is an extended piece of written work which gives you the opportunity to identify and investigate a particular question in depth and explore it systematically. You should explore a range of appropriate methodological options, research the literature on a specialist area within sociology, and discover an original angle on your selected topic.

The teaching for this unit combines lectures, workshops, a dedicated dissertation conference, and a highly structured supervisory and support system. We will provide you with the methodological foundation for your research project and guide you through this process during your final undergraduate academic year.

On successful completion of the unit, the student will have produced an extended piece of work which demonstrates a detailed understanding of their chosen topic, capacity to apply or interrogate sociological concepts, an ability to present research professionally and cogently, and provides evidence of their organisational and time-management capabilities.

Unit aims

This unit will enable participants to:

• Identify a suitable sociological topic that can be researched independently;

• Structure independent work over a sustained period;

• Conduct a piece of supervised independent study;

• Produce a dissertation based on independent sociological research; and

• Present research findings to an academic audience.

Your learning on this unit

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.

How you will learn

Introductory lecture, tutorials, dissertation advisory sessions

How you will be assessed

Formative: 10-15 minute presentation at Dissertation Conference Dissertation proposal (2000 words) (10% of final mark) Dissertation (approx 10000 words) (90% of final mark)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.