Module Title: Social Research Studies
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will use lectures, problem based learning, discussion, case studies, problem-solving exercises, work-based learning, readings, the framework of placement where appropriate, and dvd
Module Aim: • Refresh the students’ knowledge of the basic fundamentals of research, and provide a more in-depth exploration of the key aspects involved in research. • Give students practical experience in developing those skills required for a basic piece of research. • Enable students the opportunity to reflect on key issues and influences on policy development.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand the principles underpinning a research design.
LO2 Understand the various elements of a research proposal.
LO3 Identify the role of ethics in social research.
LO4 Rationalise and implement appropriate methodology to conduct research.
LO5 Critically analyse the issues affecting the execution and application of social research.
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: INTRODUCING RESEARCH
Sub-themes What is research? The research process Description versus explanation The different types of research data and their implications
Topic: THE RESEARCH PROCESS
Sub-themes Distinction between primary and secondary research Compiling a literature review Designing research questions What are we trying to find out? Selecting an Appropriate Research Design Mixed methods approach and their theoretical assumptions Quality checks: practical techniques to enhance reliability and validity
Topic: ETHICS AND THE RESPONDENT
Taking care of research participants: Ethics in research Choosing your respondent: Population, Sampling Researcher positionality
Topic: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Sub-themes Theoretical assumptions Main features of qualitative research Role of researcher Qualitative Research Design Qualitative methods • Interview • Observation • Diary analysis • Photographic analysis • Documentary / Media analysis
Topic: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
Sub-themes Theoretical Assumptions Main features of quantitative research Role of researcher Quantitative Research Design • Experiment • Demographic surveys • Questionnaires • Content analysis
Topic: THE POLITICS OF RESEARCH
Sub-themes for critical debate and reflection; The aim of applied social care research – making change happen Positionality – cultural issues in research The role of research in professional development and evidence based practice Care, capitalism, and conflict of interests between stakeholders Legislation, policy, and practice, is there a contrast? Research sabotage and negative interpretation of research motives Organisational cultures and the willingness of organisations to self reflect Whose best practice is best? Research as political tool in the exercise of power Cultural diversity, to what extent does research fit different countries.
Assessment Breakdown%
Project100.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 111.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Total Hours 0.75
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory