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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 2 (ASST11104)

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 2 will build on the foundation of Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1. It will introduce and discuss specific challenges in the research process as well as preparing students for their dissertation in Asian Studies.
Course description Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 2 builds on the foundation established in the first semester. The course addresses three linked elements. The first are core issues regarding the research process in Asian Studies which will cover the visualisation and articulation of research questions; the relationship between theory and research practice; and ethics in research. The second element is proposing a research project and the course will support students in the process of turning their research ideas into a research proposal. The third and final element of the course is the discussion of a number of different areas which are critical to the process of carrying out research and writing up results. This will cover reviewing the literature, research methods and practice, writing up results, and working on a project independently. At the end of the course students will have produced a research proposal, be familiar with a range of methods in theory and practice, and be prepared for their dissertation project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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) Dissertation proposal 1500-2000 words - 40%
Short Field Report 500-1000 words - 20%
Annotated Bibliography 2000-2500 words - 40%
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. Identify, describe, and evaluate different theories and methods used when researching Asian countries.
  2. Design and write a research proposal.
  3. Identify, analyse, and critique a collection of academic literature relevant to a research project.
  4. Apply, interpret, and evaluate the practice of different research methods.
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.
*Foster, L., Diamond, I., Jeffries J. (2015) Beginning Statistics: An Introduction for Social Scientists. London: Sage.
*Williams, Joseph M. (1995) Style ¿ Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
*Heimer, M. and Thøgersen (eds.) (2006) Doing Fieldwork in China. Copenhagen: NIAS.
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 secretaryMiss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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