module specification

IF3060 - Researching Discrimination (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Researching Discrimination
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Written report (1000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This core module aims to enable students to:
• Investigate the basic principles of research
• Critically analyse published research
• Develop and practise research skills
• Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing


The syllabus will introduce students to the principles of research using various texts, such as newspaper articles, videos and academic sources. Examples of published research will be used to critically analyse research findings. A variety of source materials will be used to introduce students to the main themes of the research project and they will have opportunities to debate these ideas in class. Students will be guided through the different stages of carrying out a report and look at examples of reports to identify how to structure their writing.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through classes, one to one student contact, online tasks and guided research sessions.  Examples of class activities include seminar discussions, group tasks and writing practice.  Discussions and formative and summative feedback will give students the opportunity to reflect upon progress and discuss strategies for developing skills (60 hrs).

Students will also engage in ongoing self-directed study to enable them to improve their reading and writing skills and complete required assessment components (90 hrs).

Module information including module booklet and assessment details is available on WebLearn. Blended learning resources such as homework tasks, reading resources, class materials, study support resources and web links are also on WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Understand some principles of research and how it is used in HE
2. Use research skills to carry out and write up a primary research project
3. Access digital sources to support their written work
4. Improve and refine their report based on feedback


Most materials are given to students on a week by week basis and are updated each semester.

Websites:  Guardian, TED talks

Electronic Databases: Academic Search complete

Bell, Judith (1993) Doing your Research Project [Buckingham: Open University Press]
Bowden, John (2011) Writing a report : how to prepare, write and present really effective reports  [Oxford : How To Books]
Denscombe, M. (2010) The Good Research Guide [Maidenhead: Open University Press]
Levin, P. (2005) Successful Teamwork for undergraduates and postgraduates working on group projects [Open University Press: Maidenhead]
Roller, M. and Lavrakas, P. A (2015) A Total Quality Framework Approach [New York: The Guildford Press]
Smith, P. (2011) How to write an assignment: proven techniques for producing essays, reports and dissertations that succeed [Oxford: How to Books]
Taylor, S. (2005) Communication for Business, [London: Pearson]