SS6P01 - Community Development and Leadership Dissertation (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Community Development and Leadership Dissertation|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module develops students’ research skills and involves the design, completion and write-up of a supervised, independent research project. It incorporates an on-going self -evaluation written up as a reflective research log and demands considerable time management abilities as well as the deployment of academic skills. On Community Development and Leadership, the Dissertation is usually done at the same organisation where the Work Placement is carried out. Where appropriate, this may also be linked to the activities of the International centre for Community development (ICCD).
Prior learning requirements
Researching Cultures and Communities or completion of FD in Community Work
This module aims to enable students to
• develop, refine and apply research skills and critical capacities, building on the core research skills developed through the Intermediate level module Researching Cultures and Communities
• undertake a manageable research project in an area of their choice.
• focus an issue affecting community organisations or communities into a small-scale project using either primary or secondary research.
• explore complex issues which are of importance to communities and /or community organisations
Defining a research topic
identifying, formulating, and drawing up a proposal
Roles and responsibilities, research ethics and the role of the researcher
The literature review
Selection of relevant methodology and appropriate materials for the investigation of the chosen topic
Formulating, carrying out and managing the research project
Honing research instruments
Collecting analysing the data
Limitations and boundaries of the research
Sustaining independent study over a period of time
Editing and final version
Learning and teaching
A series of workshops will introduce the module, in which key points relevant to completing a dissertation will be will be presented and discussed. The subject librarian is invited to speak at one of these workshops. Students are encouraged to make full use of the University library resources as well as other on-line resources and, where appropriate, other libraries.
Students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their ideas for a research topic and this leads to the proposal stage.
Following the completion of a research proposal, each student is matched with an appropriate member of teaching staff for individual supervision throughout the remainder of the module.
Throughout the research students are required to keep a research diary to log thoughts, feelings or more practical matters concerning their research.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
• identify, formulate, analyse and make proposals for solving a problem, making use of complex knowledge and project management skills and effective communication skills, working within agroup as appropriate.
• demonstrate synthesis and application of problem solving skills in a complex and unpredictable scenario.
• define a research topic
• select a relevant methodology and appropriate materials for the investigation of a chosen topic
• formulate, carry-out and manage their own research project
• sustain independent study over a period of time
Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through the submission of a research project proposal 1000 words on week 12 and research report on week 29.
• The research Proposal will incorporate a research question, aims and objectives, rationale, a brief literature review that relates to the student’s proposed research topic, a short research method section, a brief discussion of ethics in relation to their research question. Completion of this provides impetus and direction for the main assessment, the final research report. (LO1, LO2, LO3)
• The research report will have the following chapters: Introduction, Literature Review (Context), Research Methods, Research Findings and Analysis, Research Conclusions and Recommendations, Reflective Research Log. 7000 words (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8)
• Barbour, R. (2008) Introducing Qualitative Research: A student guide to the craft of Doing Qualitative Research London: Sage.
• Bryman A. (2008) Social Research Methods (3rd ed) Oxford: Oxford U.P.
• Gobo, G (2008) Doing Ethnography. London: Sage
• Hanley B (2005)Research as empowerment? Report of a series of seminars organised by the Toronto Group http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialcare/0175.asp
• Ritchie J. & Lewis J. (eds) (2003) Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers London: Sage
• Wright, S (eds). Power and Participatory development: Theory and Practice. ITDG Publishing
• Other reading for this module will largely depend on the topic being researched
• Academic Phrasebank: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/methods.htm
• Neil's Toolbox: http://www.neilstoolbox.com/bibliography-creator/index.htm
Useful lists of academic web sites on the library home page