module specification

SS8070 - Research Methods 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Research Methods 2
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
264 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Group assignment
Coursework 50%   Individual assignment
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North - Not applicable

Module summary

There are two Research Methods Modules. These modules collectively provide the fundamental knowledge that is required in order for students to complete successfully a piece of research required for a dissertation or thesis.

This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 15 May to 17 May 2015

Module aims

The aims and objectives of this module are:
to provide a framework in which students will be able to explore the context and critical debates pertinent to research methods,

to enable the students to build upon and develop their analytical and critical skills from the first research methods module (SSPO69N),

to develop sophisticated responses to complex theories and issues of methodology.


Revision of research methods and research terms
Thesis writing, incorporating research
Literature Review compilation
Practical group exercise
Practical exercises in formulating and completing a thesis proposal (RD1 form familiarisation)

Learning and teaching

This module is delivered en bloc comprising lectures and seminars and based on a collaborative process involving students' active participation. Lectures are used to provide students with a framework of information about the nature and context of research into policing, security and community safety in order to build on skills acquired during the Research Methods I module.

Where relevant, guest speakers nvolved in research and finding information (ie journalists,professional researchers,media representatives) will be invited to provide students with an overall learning strategy that is coherent, varied, stimulating, academically rigourous while remaining practically relevant.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to,

demonstrate awareness of, and ability to carry out, differing research and information gathering techniques

advance their abilities of source interpretation,

critical analysis and creative thinking by the individual,

be adequately equipped with sufficient methods of research and awareness of research resources to enhance report compiling ability, and to enable them to commence, compile and complete the research necessary for the thesis of the Professional Doctorate.

have significantly progressed and developed their thesis research proposal fully ready for submission of the RSPG

Assessment strategy

The assessment is, overall, weighted to more individual coursework assignment.

One assignment is a piece of group work relating to their professional duties, and thesis writing and will be completed within the duration of the  module. It includes a group presentation given to other students and course lecturers.
The individual assignment is a 5000-word essay.


Birzer, M. (2002). "Writing partnership between police practitioners and researchers." Police Practice and Research 3(2): 149-158.
Campbell, E. (2004). "Police narrativity in the risk society." British Journal of Criminology 44(5): 695-714.
Carmen, A., R. Butler, et al. (2006). "Criminology and criminal justice through the lenses of the law enforcement community: an attitudinal assessment." Criminal Justice Studies - A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society 19(2): 209-222.
Gibbs, P., C. Costley, et al. (2007). "Developing the ethics of worker-researchers through phronesis." Teaching in Higher Education 12(3): 365-375.
Harvey, G (1998). Writing with Sources: A Guide for Students. Indianapolis, Hackett Publishing Company.