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SO4068: RESEARCH PROJECT PART 1 (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:49


Course Overview

This course is the first of two courses that comprise the Dissertation in Sociology. This first course affords students an opportunity to apply their sociological knowledge and research skills to an individual piece of research, focusing on a topic selected by the student and ethically approved by their Supervisor. Over the course of SO4068, with guidance from a member of staff, the project student will formulate an appropriate research question(s), conduct a critical literature review of relevant material, select appropriate research methods and prepare appropriate data collection tool(s) in order to commence their (online) research by the end of this course. Students will also get the opportunity to reflect on their presentation skills and prepare a 5-minute Panopto video on their project design for peer review. Particular emphasis will be given to helping students develop time management skills, a key transferable skill.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Rhoda M. Wilkie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course is the first of two courses that comprise the Dissertation in Sociology. This first course affords students an opportunity to apply their sociological knowledge and research skills to an individual piece of research, focusing on a topic selected by the student and ethically approved by their Supervisor. Over the course of SO4068, with guidance from a member of staff, the project student will formulate an appropriate research question(s), conduct a critical literature review of relevant material, select appropriate research methods and prepare appropriate data collection tool(s) in order to commence their (online) research by the end of this course. Students will also get the opportunity to reflect on their presentation skills and prepare a 5-minute Panopto video on their project design for peer review. Particular emphasis will be given to helping students develop time management skills, a key transferable skill.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9, 14, 17 - 19
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 10 - 11

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

Ethics Quiz - 15%

Research Design and Ethics Approval Form - 20%

Liturature Review - 30%

Reflexive Presentation Exercise (300 words) - 5%

5min Panopto video presentation on research design (10%) for peer review (10%)

Student ice-breaker and 2 discussion posts online (5%)

Prior to commencing research, students must send finalised/approved research design and ethics forms to supervisors (5%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2019/2020 & C8 Students)

Re-submission of discussion boards posts, project and essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAs a result of this course students will have experience developing their own research methodology and critically assessing the ethical challenges they will face.
ConceptualUnderstandAs a result of this course students will understand how to search, review and analyse literature pertinent to their research project.
ConceptualAnalyseAs a result of this course students will have experience developing their own research methodology and critically assessing the procedural challenges they will face.
ConceptualAnalyseAs a result of this course students will have developed their ability to formulate a doable and ethical research question.
FactualUnderstandAs a result of this course students will be aware of appropriate processes and procedures for starting their research projects.

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