PLAN10040 Research methods

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module introduces students to the key elements of the research process and research design in the social sciences. Key principles in social science research and methods will be described. Comprising both lecture style presentations and practical workshops students will learn how to evaluate the appropriate application of research design and methods in social science research. Key topics covered will include types of data collection and analysis research strategies, research methods and techniques used in both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Recognise the key elements of the research process and research design in the social sciences.
2. Understand key research methods, both qualitative and quantitative.
3. Evaluate the appropriateness of alternative research designs and methods.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Bidroha Basu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Nadia Giuffrida Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Liam Heaphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Anna Molter Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Srikanta Sannigrahi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Arunima Sarkar Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 11:00 - 12:50