CR4012 - Real World Research 1

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will improve your quantitative literacy skills and aid you in conducting social research. It will begin by exploring the key philosophies and approaches associated with social research methods generally. It will then introduce the key mechanisms and approaches associated with quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. The module will then explore the theory behind basic statistical procedures while simultaneously practicing that knowledge in lab-based session using SPSS.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of interactive lectures in which we will explore key methods, processes and challenges associated with the collection and analysis of quantitative data. In seminars, we will put into practice this learning through the statistical analysis of real-world data.

Class-based activities will include weekly quizzes to test your knowledge as the semester progresses. You will produce a final project that applies your class-based knowledge to a real-world dataset. The summative assessment tasks will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of statistical concepts and demonstrate those concepts through practical skills you have developed in the module seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported throughout this module by dedicated module tutors who you will engage with through: interactive lectures and seminars with regular opportunities for question and answer sessions. Sessions involving lab work with SPSS will involve tutors guiding you about the software, how it works and how it is used by social scientists. You will be able to access one-to-one tutorials with the module team through the weekly 'office hours and feedback' sign up process and via email and telephone.

If you have any further or specific learning needs then do discuss them with the module leader at the start of the semester.

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

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand and learn how to use and apply quantitative research methods in social sciences.
2. Understand and learn how to use and apply social statistics in social sciences.
3. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of quantitative research.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Learn and practice how to conduct a quantitative social science research project and learn how to write for both academic and lay audiences.

How will I be assessed?

The module has two summative assessments:

Assessment 1 will be the completion of eight weekly multiple-choice quizzes to be completed online on the day of the lecture. Only the five highest scoring quizzes (out of the eight quizzes) will be worth 50% of the overall module mark.

Assessment 2 will be the completion of a 2,500 word individual report that requires students to analyse statistical data, using appropriate statistics and report on their findings. This is worth 50% of the overall module mark.

The skills required for the first summative assessment will be developed in classroom lectures. The skills required for the second summative assessment will be practiced in formative assessment tasks in seminars.

Feedback on Assessment 1 will be will be provided the following class session (i.e., within one week). Feedback on Assessment 2 will occur within the required timescales. All students will be given an indication of how their work could be improved and additional generic feedback will be provided via blackboard, with reference to model answers.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

This module is part of a suite of real-world research modules designed to develop your social science research skills. This particular module provides you with an introduction to survey research and basic statistical analysis. Throughout the module you will apply classroom knowledge to real world social science datasets. This will be accomplished through a series of weekly quizzes on lecture material and the statistical manipulation of real social science data in a seminar setting. Throughout the module you will be taught by research active staff who are trained in statistical methods and will share real life challenges and pitfalls of conducting quantitative analyses.

Course info

UCAS Code LM39

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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