SSCI30050 Digital Research Skills for the Social Sciences

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a six-unit, GPA-neutral, self-paced online module which will enable Stage 3 students to develop, enhance, and reflect on foundational research skills in the digital environment, with the aim of preparing students for the more substantial research training and activity they will undertake in Stage 4 of the BSc Social Sciences programme. Delivered via Brightspace, students will complete the module at their own pace and in the order they determine. The module will comprise a range of self-paced online learning activities and e-resources that are partly sourced from existing resource collections within the university. The online learning nature of the activity will facilitate completion of the module by students doing internships outside the University or
trimesters abroad.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Through completion of this module, students will learn to:
1. Develop manageable research topics in respect of projects or dissertations.
2. Develop effective strategies for literature searching, selecting and utilising open-access and subscription-based resources where appropriate.
3. Critically evaluate research work and scholarly papers in their discipline(s) to produce high quality literature reviews.
4. Recognise the impact of ethical issues on academic research, in order to make ethical decisions in their own research practices.
5. Apply strategies to manage research data effectively and ethically at each stage of the research data life cycle.
6. Critically reflect on their own understanding and practice of research.

Indicative Module Content:

6 topics, covering essential learning about the research process are planned:

1. Developing a research topic;
2. Literature searching and evaluation;
3. Critical academic literacy;
4. Research ethics part 1;
5. Research ethics part 2;
6. Research data management.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Project Supervision




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning on this module includes

*active/task-based learning;
*critical writing;
*reflective learning;
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IS30420 - Digi Research Skills for SocSc

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: The module will comprise a range of self-paced online learning activities and e-resources. Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students receive feedback/results for quizzes and e-tutorials immediately through Brightspace. For assessment (e.g., reflections, videos) submitted to Brightspace, students receive feedback via a rubric and written comments.

Name Role
Dr Claire McGuinness Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Andrew Woods Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Andrew Browne Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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