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Research Design & Critique

Research Design & Critique
Choosing your research titles    Library Tour – students will be shown around the Sydney Jones library and  how to use its facilities including its website to access
electronic sources
Understanding how to access and make use of electronic sources and making use of search packages e.g. discovery
Week 2    Defining the research problem
Understanding research philosophies
Student Homework:
•    Read Chapters 2 & 4 of Key Text
Writing research questions
Pair work – place students into topic groups, working on similar themes with topics to collaborate and enhance development of ‘feasible’ questions – emphasise though
proposal needs to be individual work.    Peer work – presenting research questions to the rest of the class
Formative feedback
Week 3    Writing a research Proposal
Student Handbook:
•    Read Chapter 2 of Key Text    Identifying good and bad examples of research proposals and aware of how their work will be marked
Students will be shown examples of draft research proposals and also go through the assessment criteria     Research Proposal activities – what are the key
features of a research proposal
Research Proposal activities – what are the key features of a research proposal
Activity sheet (VLE)
The Research steps (exercise 1)
Compiling a research project – identifying sequence (exercise 2)
Reading exercise (if time allows this).
1:1 Tutorials
Students discuss issues they face in preparing the draft proposal (if time allows this).
Week 4    Research Design and Methods
Qualitative v. Quantitative research
Reliability and validity
Research Methods
Student Homework:
•    Read Chapter 3 of Key Text    Key Text Case study
study ‘Researching emotional labour’ (pp.204-205).    Computer session/
1:1 Tutorials
Students discuss issues they face in preparing the draft proposal
Week 5    Research Ethics
Student Homework:
•    Read Chapter 6 of Key Text    Case study 6 – the impact of colour on children’s brand choices (p253-255) of core textbook)
Students to read and then answer all questions    1:1 Tutorials
Students discuss issues they face in preparing the draft proposal
Week 6    Quantitative Research
Student Handbook:
Read Chapter 7 of Key Text    Continuing the planning for first draft of proposal ahead of week 6 submission    Completing draft copy ahead of submission at the end of
this week/1.1 tutorials
Week 7    Qualitative Research
Student Homework:
Read Chapters 10 and 13 of Key Text    Key Text Case study 6 ‘Gaining access to business angels network’ (p.205) (Tutor to provide paper copy of this particular case
study)    Computer room session/1.1 tutorials
Week 8    Critiquing Social Research    Students to receive marks and feedback on their draft proposals
1:1 tutorials, remaining students to tackle
Key Text Case study 9 ‘Strategy options in a mature market’ (pp366-386).
Read and answer all questions    1:1 tutorials, remaining students to tackle Key Text Case study 11 – A quantitative evaluation of students’ desire for self-employment
Read and answer questions
Week 9    Critiquing Social Research 2    Computer session / 1:1 tutorials    Students will analyse, discuss and evaluate each others’ research proposal
12.    Research Themes/Topics
Students need to select a research theme/topic from the table below and then formulate a research title and at least two research questions that they wish to
investigate and answer as part of the process to devising their research proposal.
Education    Culture
Globalisation    Hobbies / Sports
Science/ Technology    Lifestyle
Health    Environment
Work/ Training    Food / Drink

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