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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOCM011 Module Title: GROUP RESEARCH PROJECT
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM02
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GREEN NC Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Throughout the year
Assessment Pattern

 Assessment: Individual assessment is composite of marks awarded for:




  • a 1000 word critical reflection on a methodological aspect of the  project, to be submitted in week 3 of the Spring Semester (20%)


  • the group  presentation, in week 6 of the Spring Semester (40%)


  • a research diary, in week 7 of the Spring Semester (20%)


  • a peer assessment component (20%).  


Module Overview
Module Aims
The Group Research Project is designed to give students the opportunity to work with others on a research problem and thereby gain practical experience of collaborative research work.
Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes




Having completed this module students will have:




• gained experience of working on a research problem in a group situation




• had the opportunity to develop their social research skills in a fieldwork setting




• been given the chance to develop their presentation skills




Module Content

The group will decide on the topic or topics to be pursued in conjunction with the tutor. Ideally this will involve more than one research technique. The group will be responsible for the theoretical development of the research problem, the design of the research instruments and associated measures, the collection of data, the analysis of the data and making a presentation at the second residential weekend.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

In addition to making a presentation, students will be asked to keep a research diary.  This will be handed in at the end of the project. 

Assessment will take into account the accomplishments of the project and each student’s relative contribution.

Selected Texts/Journals

Selected references 




Blaxter, L; Hughes, C and Tight, M (2001) How to Research, 2nd Edition OUP




Gilbert, Nigel (ed.) (2006) From postgraduate to social scientist: a guide to key skills.




London : Sage.




Hobbs , D. and May, T (eds) (1993) Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography,




Oxford University Press




Howard, K and Sharp, J (1983)  Management of a student research project, Gower




Mason, J (1996) Qualitative Researching, Sage




Becker, H (1986) Writing for Social Scientists, University of Chicago Press




Seale, C (ed) (1998) Researching Society and Culture, Sage.




Tarling, R (2006) Managing Social Research, Routledge.




Last Updated
27th August 2009