20 credits at level HE6
Pursuing a line of enquiry and its implications in depth.
Gaining experience of analysis and synthesis in a chosen area.
Deepening and broadening awareness and knowledge in the chosen area of study.
Developing competencies that enable working independently as researchers in a specialism.
Evaluate and critically reflect on the personal learning and academic development in relation to the PDP.
Choice of topic/problem finding - A preferred area is identified by the student and a problem formulated for the Study.
Planning and design - On consultation with her/his supervisor the student will plan the project in outline and design in some detail.
Execution and data collection – Normally, the Study will involve empirical work, data being collected by an acceptable methodology: experiment; observation; case study; interview; questionnaire/survey. Also acceptable will be: analysis of sociological situations and processes in the family, organisations, communities and projects which require the use of video cameras and census data. Or, a text based investigation which can take the form of an extended essay and/or employ the use of some form of contextual analysis; interpretative discourse analysis or deconstructive reading techniques. In this context, the word ‘text’ is used in the broadest sense and could include media images; film; video; official historical documents, etc.
Analysis and interpretation – The data will be analysed using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques and interpreted with reference to the originally formulated aims and/or hypotheses.
Ethics are very important and students should demonstrate throughout the process of completing the study that they are aware of and working within guidelines laid down by The University of Bolton for researchers. Ethical considerations to think about with respect to a particular project should be discussed with the Supervisor and accounted for in the research proposal (mini-project) and in the completed Study.
A session will be devoted to guidance for PDP and 'Critical Reflection'. Students will be required to write 500 words that will include a sythesis and critical reflection of their learning while on the course. This will also include the aquistion of skills and knowledge that have been gained while on the course and how these can be utilised for future career or academic paths.
Learning and Teaching
Students will have a total of 7 hours contact with their supervisor. During these 7 hours, supervisor will guide and direct students to relevant material, advise on the course that the study is taking, and answer any quieries that the student may have regarding their research. In addition, students will be given a copy of the ‘Guidelines for Independent Study’, which sets out all the requirements of doing their study. For 6 weeks, students will be required to attend 2 hour sessions per week of formal input. Two of the sessions will include IT skills relevant to researching. For further information, see ‘Guidelines for Independent Study’.
Informal learning and teaching will include aspects related to PDP, as a summative reflection of the learning process and personal development. This will be demonstrated in the production of a non-assessed 500 word 'Critical Refelection', which should include reference to the core level 1 and 2 Personal Development Proformas.
The assessment will take the form of 10000-12000 word dissertation.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Use advanced concepts and theories regarding community processes.
||Participate in tutorial discussions and provide written submission where evidence will be obtained for use of concepts and theories regarding a specific topic|
|2.||Apply community concepts in a specific policy context.
||Participate in tutorial discussions and provide written submission that applies concepts and policy contexts on a specific individual topic|
|3.||Analyse relevant social issues relevant to in an informed and critical way.
||Provide a written submission that will analyse either methodological or contemporary research issue/s|
|4.||Critically engage in theoretical debates utilising contemporary research and theoretical framework.||provide a written submission where evidence will be obtained for use of contemporary research and theories regarding methodology and/or specific literature review of particular social issue/s.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 10000-12000 word dissertation.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
As required and directed by the supervisor in discussion with the student. Students will also refer to the ‘Independent Study Guideline’ handbook for research methods bibliography.
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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