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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 (ASST11103)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryResearch Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 will introduce students to critical concepts and basic skills required for students taking Asian Studies postgraduate degrees.
Course description Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 serves as a general introduction to academic practice in Asian Studies at postgraduate level. It will provide students with an introduction to the digital and physical resources available while studying at the University of Edinburgh; review and discuss some of the standards and practices of presenting academic work; address what is meant by critical thinking at postgraduate level; explore some of the software available to support the management of academic research; encourage the development of students' oral and written presentation skills; and situate students' development in the wider context of what it means to be working in Area Studies and to be a country or regional expert. The course will ensure that students taking postgraduate courses in Asian Studies are equipped with an understanding of the basic skills and expectations of academic practice during their first semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Set Critical Review 2000 words - 40%
Free Critical Review 2000 words - 40%
Presentation - 20%
Feedback Students will be given feedback on the content of both their critical reviews and on their presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and access different printed and digital academic resources.
  2. Acquire, synthesise, and organise different research materials.
  3. Explain and practice attribution and referencing in their academic work.
  4. Critique a range of academic materials which have been provided and collected independently.
  5. Prepare and produce a presentation on a research topic.
Reading List
Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills. 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
*Gray, David E. (2014) Doing Research in the Real World. London: Sage.
*Thomas, G. (2013) How to do your research project. London: Sage.
*Williams, Joseph M. (1995) Style - Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: Problem solving; analytical thinking; critical thinking; knowledge integration and application; handling complexity and ambiguity.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: Self-awareness and reflection; independent learning and development; creative and inventive thinking.

Personal effectiveness: Planning, organising and time management; team working; assertiveness and confidence; flexibility.

Communication: Interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication
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Course organiserDr Daniel Hammond
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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