Module Catalogue 2023/24

HSS8001 : Thinking about Research

HSS8001 : Thinking about Research

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ana Lopes
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Jen Tarr
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

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The module aims to enable students to understand the basic elements of developing and designing research, within and outside academia. This includes:
• Formulating research problems and questions;
• Understanding the relationship between theory and methodology in a research project;
• Developing awareness of how ethical issues arise and are addressed in the research process;
• Understanding how research is related to policy and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will involve a combination of lectures and workshops with group exercises in order to explore the contexts within which research takes place, and practice skills in the development of research design. Topics include:
• Research topics and questions;
• Theorising research;
• Fitting research methods to questions;
• Making claims from research;
• Research inside and outside academic contexts;
• Research ethics

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of the nature and design of research;
Understanding of how to formulate a research problem and develop a research methodology to address that problem;
Understanding of how to address problems and challenges that arise in the research process;
Understanding of what makes an ethical research practice.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to develop strategies for addressing research problems.
Ability to link research methodologies to research problems.
Ability to apply an understanding of the research process to research problems within one's discipline.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study100:305:00exercises in preparation for workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce students to key concepts and issues in the research process, illustrated with case study examples. Example studies will be reviewed in preparation for the workshops, in which students will work in groups to develop strategies in relation to specific issues within the research process.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002500 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment aims to assess the student’s ability to undertake the proposed final Masters level dissertation, in terms of topic, current understanding of the topic, methodological approach and data collection methods, risks and assumptions; writing ability and critical thinking.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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