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20-21 Accredited 30 credits
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The assessment, due on 1 February 2021, comprises two elements: a 3,000-word critical appraisal and a 15-minute narrated presentation. On successful completion, you will receive transferable credits (ECTS).
In this module, you will examine key topics including methodologies for research, how to design a research project, criticality in research, ethics, and how to share research effectively. You will also study a number of key research methods such as secondary and desk-based research, experimental approaches, questionnaires and surveys, content and discourse analysis, observations, interviews and focus groups, as well as social media analytics and analysis. Core to the module will be teaching on the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques, as well as other potential impact indicators.
On completion of this module, you will be able to critically reflect on the quality of research designs, as well as having acquired knowledge on a range of research methods which can be used as a standalone approach, for example in evaluation, or combined in order to perform academically rigorous research.
This online module will provide you with the knowledgeÂ andÂ skills required to design, carry out and critically analyse research in science communication.Â The taught skills will be relevant to anyone wanting to conduct social research using both quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as those seeking to the skills to evaluate public engagement initiatives. You will examine topicsÂ includingÂ methodologies for research, how to design a research project, criticality in research, ethics, and how toÂ share research effectively. Research methods covered will include secondary andÂ desk-basedÂ research, experimental approaches, questionnaires and surveys, content and discourse analysis, observations, interviews and focus groups, as well as social media analytics and analysis.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
Learning and Teaching
The module will be taught through 20 weeks of online content. This will include narrated presentations, self-directed learning activities (including designated reading), problem-based learning, discussion forums, wikis, asynchronous feedback opportunities and/or live interactive seminars.
You will also be expected to undertake independent learning to build specialist knowledge in aspects of research design of your particular interest/relevance.
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