Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3076: Research Design for Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  1. equip you with the skills necessary to undertake and independent piece of research;
  2. identify, analyse and reconstruct scholarly debates in order to situate your own project and contribution in relation to a research community; and
  3. develop an understanding of academic conventions and protocols required to complete a Masters level dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Design an individual research programme, incorporating appropriate social science research methods;
2. Collate and analyse subject-specific information from a range of appropriate sources;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assimilate and critically analyse data from an appropriate range of sources;
4. Undertake an independent research project in Politics and/or International Relations;
Personal and Key Skills5. Use IT for information retrieval and presentation; and
6. Work effectively in groups and to manage own work.