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This course will enhance participants’ knowledge of all aspects of survey methodology.

Summary

This course introduces participants to the cornerstones of survey methodology. It provides participants with the skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive and robust survey for the collection of primary quantitative data. It also teaches participants how to identify and source rich, high-quality secondary data resources from reputable data repositories for research purposes. Participants will also be knowledgeable of important professional, legal, and ethical issues in relation to data management and storage.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.

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About

Survey research is a specific type of field study that involves the collection of data from a sample of individuals drawn from a well-defined population. The idea of collecting data via a survey is deceptively simple. Researchers must work through a myriad of issues to design a successful survey, including those relating to the size and representativeness of the sample, the method of recruitment, the type of measurement and mode of administration. For many research areas, it is often not necessary to conduct primary data collection; the UK has world-leading data resources for health, social and economic research, and this provides a huge opportunity to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Researchers are often unaware of the availability of these rich data resources for secondary use, or about how to access them.

This course will enhance participants’ knowledge of all aspects of survey methodology, including how to:(1) design a survey to collect primary data, (2) identify and source secondary data resources for research purposes and (3) manage data resources effectively, professionally and ethically.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, PgCert Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences

Assessment

100% coursework - (a) Set exercise to contribute to online discussion boards (40%) and (b) Presentation - participants will be required record an oral presentation in which they articulate and defend a strategy they have devised for using a survey design to address a research question of their choosing (60%).

Attendance

This course is delivered fully online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 23 September 2019.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Entry requirements

Degree in the behavourial or social sciences (e.g. psychology, geography, political science, health econmics, sociology or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 23 September 2019
How to apply

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Apply

How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 23 September 2019

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£491.70
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:
£491.70

International:
£1,171.65

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-payments

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

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