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Topics covered

  • The lecture is therefore used to impart the main theoretical concepts, while the tutorial, which involves a much smaller number of students working together, is used as a forum where these ideas can be discussed and analysed with others. 
  • Planning your busy life schedule to ensure that you have enough time to devote to studying, models of change. 
  • Writing essays and assignments
  • Why assignments are so important, and how to write a good one.
  • Examination technique
  • Research skills
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative research methods

Learning outcomes

  • Participate effectively in on-line tutorials.
  • Understand the importance of managing time to ensure that adequate attention is given to studying.
  • Search for and evaluate reading material from different sources that can provide useful insights into a given topic.
  • Take notes effectively from material presented in different formats.
  • Understand what is required in writing an academic assignment or an examination.
  • Evaluate different approaches to research methodology used in the social sciences.
  • Understand the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.


Unseen written exam (2 hours).

Essential reading

  • The Good Study Guide (Northedge)

Taster study materials