Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 (ASST11103)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Research Skills and Methods for Asian Studies 1 will introduce students to critical concepts and basic skills required for students taking Asian Studies postgraduate degrees.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Review Essay 1 2000 words - 40%
Review Essay 2 2000 words - 40%
Video presentation - 20%
||Students will receive written feedback for the each of the written assessment components. General feedback to weekly activities will be provided in seminars.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe and access different printed and digital academic resources.
- Acquire, synthesise, and organise different research materials.
- Explain and practice attribution and referencing in their academic work.
- Critique a range of academic materials which have been provided and collected independently.
- Prepare and produce a presentation on a research topic.
|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.
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Mark McLeister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4232
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167