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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM033
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MEADOWS RA Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring semester.
Assessment Pattern
Two exercises; a critique of a piece of evaluation research and the design of a questionnaire.
Module Overview
This module addresses some of the major methodological, technical and practical aspects of research and evaluation. The aims of the module are to provide an introduction to the basic principles of research design and to explore some of the conceptual, theoretical and technical issues associated with designing and implementing both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation strategies. A particular focus will be the design and conduct of large scale surveys. Examples of evaluations of crime policy initiatives and intervention programmes will be drawn on throughout the module to illustrate a variety of issues, such as the difference between process and outcome evaluations and the utilization of research findings.
Module Aims
Learning Outcomes
Module Content
·        experimental and quasi-experimental research designs
·        basic principles of evaluation research: types of evaluation
·        realistic evaluation
·        qualitative approaches to research and evaluation
·        systematic reviews and meta analysis
·        evaluating crime reduction programmes, crime prevention initiatives and the effectiveness of court sentences
·        history, theory and logic of the sample survey
·        the art and the science of questionnaire design
·        data sources and modes of data collection
·        errors in data; threats to validity and the reliability of estimates
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Last Updated
August, 2009