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POL3113 : Politics Work Experience - Research (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module creates a focussed opportunity for students to develop and enhance their research skills through contributing to a research project led by a member of staff. Students will utilise research methods and techniques such as literature reviews, surveys, focus groups, interviews, and quantitative analysis dependent on the project on which they are working. The research role is not a formal employment position or directly rewarded in financial remuneration, but the student is expected to treat the role as if it was an employment position or work internship in terms of attendance, diligence, professional approach and performance.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module leader will identify research projects for the students, and will discuss the skills and methods required for the research. Where required, necessary methods and skills will be taught for the students to apply. The research will be directed and overseen by a member of staff (usually the module leader).
Ideally the research project will have been identified before the student commences the module at the start of semester one. The student will be able to some extent to balance their work for the module across both semesters.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1481:00148:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Weekly report and supervision meetings with module leader and/or staff supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines practical working experience and academic work. In the course of the work experience students will practise and develop a range of research skills depending on the exact project they are working on. The weekly meetings will allow for progress reports and monitoring, discussion of problems encountered, and directing of student research, all in a professional working manner.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M1004000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research portfolio will consist of the written up results of the research, a summary of methods and skills learned and applied, and reflections on the difficulties involved in academic research with specific reference to the project undertaken.

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