Using the module
Welcome to Research Methods in Practice: Social Sciences. This course explores the practical applications of research methods in the social sciences. Through practical examples, scenarios and case studies, it will help you to reflect on the challenges you might face during your research project.
Research Methods in Practice: Social Sciences is intended as an introduction to research methods in the social sciences. The course Principles of Research Methods provides a more in-depth overview of research methods, with examples in multiple disciplinary areas. We suggest that you complete Principles of Research Methods before starting this course.
This module is designed to introduce you to a variety of data analysis methods, and to help you evaluate their applicability to your own research project.
If this is the first time you have accessed the Research Methods in Practice: Social Sciences course, or if you need a brief reminder, here is some information on how the screens are organised, and some of the tools and features that are used throughout:
Throughout this course, you will see additional learning opportunities in 'pods'. Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich the learning experience.
At the very end of each module, you have the opportunity to test your learning further with a multiple-choice quiz. This consists of five questions and can be taken more than once (a new set of questions will appear).
The Research Methods in Practice: Social Sciences course is designed to gradually build up your understanding and skills. We recommend that you complete the modules in the order given, but they have been designed so you can access each of them independently according to your own requirements and those of your institution.