SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MML321173
Module Leader Bill Hughes
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of the four core programme modules.

Summary of Content

This module will build on students' knowledge of various elements of research methods/methodology built into the preceding four core modules of the programme. It will provide students with conceptual, analytical and practical tools to enhance and further develop an understanding of research methods and develop a relevant and useful work-based research project/dissertation in the context of citizenship and human rights. The module will require the application of qualitative and/or quantitative research strategies in a work based setting. As part of this process the module will raise students' awareness of ethical and legal concerns related to research undertaken in one's own workplace.


The syllabus of the module will cover the following themes: -360 - The stages of the research project: research design, data collection, data analysis and writing research report - Generating and clarifying a research question - The methods of planning a critical literature review - Qualitative and quantitative research strategies - Ethics in research - Validity, reliability and generalisability of research - Preparing a work based learning research proposal - Rules and regulations regarding writing a research report - Project management

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically assess qualitative and quantitative methodologies in relation to work based projects within the context of citizenship and human rights 2. Undertake a literature review in relation to work based research proposal3. Develop and design a research proposal for a work based research project.4. Collate appropriate data relevant to the project proposal using academically robust methods5. Generate a report which comprises data analysis and sound and relevant conclusions and recommendations for the workplace

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be four 2-day tutor moderated intensive workshops to facilitate the first three learning outcomes, which comprise research methodology and research methods. On the successful submission of a research proposal, which will be treated as a summative assessment, students will begin the work based research project/dissertation. Depending on the nature of the choices students may either be supervised in groups or individually on a basis to be negotiated between the programme team, the student concerned and/or their employer.

Indicative Reading

*Where possible, e-books will be supplied. If not possible, relevant chapters will be digitised using GCU scanning service and made available for downloading via GCU Learn. Asher, J., Banks, D. and Scheuren, F. J. (eds.) (2008) Statistical Methods for Human Rights. Springer Bell, J. (2005) Doing your Research Project , (4 th edition), Buckingham: Open University Press. Blaxter L., Hughes C. and Tight, M. (2006) How to Research , (3 rd edition), Maidenhead, Open University Press Burnett, J. (2009) Doing Your Social Science Dissertation (Sage Study Skills Series) . Sage Coghlan, D. and Brannick, T. (2009) Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization . Sage. Coomans, F., Grunfeld, F. and Kamminga, M. (eds.) (2009) Methods of Human Rights Research. Intersentia Davies, M. B. (2007) Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods. Palgrave McMillan Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide (3rd edition). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Denzin, N.K. and Giardina, M.D. (eds.) (2010) Qualitative Inquiry and Human Rights. Left Coast Press Inc Gill J. and Johnson P (2000) Research Methods for Managers (3 rd edition) Paul Chapman Publishing Graziano, A. M., & Raulin, M. L. (2004). Research methods: a process of inquiry. (5 th edition) Grix, J. (2004) The Foundations of Research , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Herr, K. G. and Anderson, G. L. (eds.) (2005) The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty. Sage Punch, K.F. (2005) Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches , Second Edition, London, Sage Publication. Schostak, J. and Schostak, J. (eds.) (2009) Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People . Routledge Stoecke, R.R. (2005) Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach . Sage

Transferrable Skills

-345 - Written communication skills -345 - Personal and interpersonal skills - Information gathering skills - Problem solving - Critical thinking and reflection - Assessment and evaluation skills - Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 380.00
Seminars (PT) 36.00
Independent Learning (PT) 380.00
Practicals (PT) 48.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Work-based research dissertation (15,000 words).
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Dissertation Proposal (5,000 words).