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Applied Research Skills


Course Details


Course/Module Code

USSKQN-30-M

Fees

20-21 Accredited 30 credits

£1170.00

Assessed

20-21 Non-Accredited 30 credits

£1170.00

Unassessed

Course Dates

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Applications

University

Assessment

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).

Campus

Online course

Content

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.

Course Director

Dr Emma Weitkamp

Introduction

This online module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design, carry out and critically analyse research in science communication. 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 topics including methodologies for research, how to design a research project, criticality in research, ethics, and how to share research effectively. Research methods covered will include 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.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically apply the principles of effective research design and its relationship to research questions, as well as analysis;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding, of the purposes and limitations, of a range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches;
  • Critically evaluate research within its appropriate methodological context;
  • Recognise, illustrate and understand the need for ethical considerations in research;
  • Identify and explain means to effectively share research via dissemination;
  • Understand the contexts and approaches that can be taken for research to demonstrate impact.

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.

Study facilities

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

Telephone

+44 (0)117 32 83919

You can also follow us on Twitter @SciCommsUWE.

Title

30 credit Masters level module


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