REMP20-Research Methods 1

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Street

Email: e.j.street@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The module aims to develop students’ research and analytical skills and understanding of research methods typically found in the social sciences. The module will include qualitative and quantitative approaches to research. Students will develop and consolidate core skills in research methods and techniques and begin to develop specialised research skills in relevant areas. Students will understand the philosophical bases of research in the social sciences and be aware of the linkages between theory, data, analysis and interpretation and of the role and impact of the researcher in the research process. A core aim of the module is to enable students’ to develop their ability to review research critically and rigorously, reinforcing the methodological principles taught in the module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:
•Identify a range of different research methods relevant to conducting social sciences research;
•Develop a critical understanding of methodological principles;
•Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods;
•Consider how different research methods can be used to address research problems.

Additional outcomes:
•Place current research practices in the wider context of the philosophies of social sciences;
•Be aware of the ways in which research leads to knowledge creation.

Outline content:
The module will begin with an introduction to research methodologies in the social science to provide a clear conceptual framework for more applied work. Students will examine a variety of approaches to research (both quantitative and qualitative) and assess their advantages and disadvantages for particular research problems. Data collection and data analysis techniques will be introduced, with students conducting practical exercises to reinforce learning. A key element of the module is the development of students’ critical capacity to select appropriate research methods, and to justify these choices. This task forms the basis of the module assessment.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes, designed to assess understanding and prepare students for how to apply research techniques in practice (the focus of REMP21).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

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Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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