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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM208 Module Title: SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM208
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: BURNINGHAM KA Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Written assignment 100%
Module Overview
Module Aims
To provide a basic understanding of social research methods
Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of the contribution social research can make to EngD projects.
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative social research methods
  • Appreciation of ethical considerations within research projects
  • Ability to plan a small piece of social research
Module Content
·         Introduction to social research methods
·         Developing research questions
·         Sampling
·         Questionnaire design
·         Interviews and Focus groups
·         Ethics and safety in research
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, group and individual activities, student presentations.
Selected Texts/Journals
Bell, J. (1993) Doing your research project Open University Press.
Gilbert, N. (ed) (2008) Researching Social Life: Third Edition London: Sage
May, T. (1993) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process Open University Press.
Robson, C. (1993) Real World Research Oxford: Blackwell
Last Updated
12 June 2008