PP0644 - Core Project

What will I learn on this module?

Building on research understanding and skills developed throughout your programme, this module will introduce you to key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to Integrated Health and Social Care. You will develop knowledge and understanding about what and how things can be ‘known’ (epistemology), ways of seeing the world (paradigms), approaches and traditions in research (methodology), collecting or generating data (methods) and analysing or interpreting findings (analysis). In addition, you will understand how to relate each of these elements into a coherent research project and will appreciate relevant ethical issues that apply to your research.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will be developed around, and will result from, a ‘Core Project’ which will involve you in proposing, carrying out and writing up a project on a topic which you will negotiate with tutors. Your learning will develop as you make informed, critical and reflective connections between directed activities, reading, planning, discussions with peers and tutors, your research activity and writing.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through electronic and interactive content via Blackboard, lectures, an electronic interactive reading list and 1-1 support from an academic tutor. You will be expected to be proactive in identifying and raising issues for discussion with module tutors and your supervisor in particular – these should be prompted by your reading, journaling and planning related to your project. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of the University Library’s Skills Plus programme as you develop your skills as an undergraduate researcher.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be familiar with and understand relevant research traditions, theories and activities associated with the study of Health and Social Care.
2. You will develop detailed knowledge of your chosen project topic within Health and Social Care.
3. You will demonstrate knowledge of tensions in relation to ethical concerns in undertaking research in the field of Health and Social Care.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. You will be able to evaluate and discriminate between various research methods appropriate to your study.
5. You will demonstrate an ability to manage and sustain a small-scale project to completion, including writing up and evaluating the findings.
6. You will demonstrate your ability to code and interrogate data.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
7. You will demonstrate a range of interpersonal, ethical and organisational skills associated with designing and completing a small-scale academic research project.

8. You will discuss and debate the multiple ethical, practical and philosophical concerns associated with being an ‘inclusive’ researcher.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a ‘Core Project’ of 8,000 words (100%) MLOs 1-8

You will write an extended reflection of ethics MLOs 3, 7 & 8

You will receive feedback on the summative assessment via:

Written comments on assessed work, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and indicating pathways to the further development of knowledge and skills. Areas of concern will be linked to positive advice on how to address issues.





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Course info

UCAS Code L5L6

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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