Postgraduate Course: Supervised reading: Methods 1 (CMSE11443)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course focuses on methodological issues specific to the student's research project. Specific attention will be paid to the strengths and weaknesses of existing research designs and strategies as applied to the topic of investigation.
The content will be decided in discussion between the student's supervisor and the student. The topics should inform the intended research area of the doctoral thesis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||A written report of no less than 5000 words and 200 hours of average student work. The written assignment may be thought of as a refined version of the initial research proposal methods discussion. Particular emphasis should be given to the 'empirical' and 'fieldwork' focus of the PhD project. The student should provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches as considered relevant for their proposed research It should review the different kinds of research designs and methods that have been deployed on the phenomena under study. Content and structure of the reading assignment may vary from this with the supervisor's agreement.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Reflect critically on the methods and strategies as related to the topic of study.
- Comprehend the principles of research design and strategy related to the student┐s discipline.
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and ┐harness┐ selected literatures.
- Demonstrate independent action and initiative.
- Demonstrate an ability to manage tasks and deadlines.
|The readings will be decided in discussion between the student's supervisor and the student. The readings should inform the intended research area of the doctoral thesis.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||-ability to take personal responsibility and grasp opportunities for self-development
-an awareness of the evolving nature of methodological debates, how methods develop and are renewed
-a commitment to personal and continuing professional development and lifelong learning
-effective skills in and use of ICT and library resources
-effective time management skills
-effective reading and writing skills
|Course organiser||Mr Ben Marder
|Course secretary||Mr Ciaran Masson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9945