module specification

IF3061 - Researching Inequality (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Researching Inequality
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Literature review
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:
• Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
• Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
• Further develop and practise research skills
• Further develop speaking skills required for effective presentation of research findings
• Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing


The syllabus will introduce students to various current areas of research within the field of social sciences and humanities using various texts, such as newspaper articles, books, videos and academic sources. Examples of published research will be used to critically analyse research findings including graphs, charts and statistics, and to identify further areas to research. Students will be guided through the different stages of creating a short research proposal, including identifying further reading, and look at examples of proposals to identify how to structure their writing. Students will practise the skills needed to give effective presentations.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO4

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, presentation practice 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. Identify an area of research relevant to their subject area
2. Source relevant secondary research digitally
3. Analyse and summarise relevant secondary research as part of a research project
4. Improve and refine their work based on feedback


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]
Levin, P. (2005) Successful Teamwork for undergraduates and postgraduates working on group projects [Open University Press: Maidenhead]
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]