Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Either of the above modules or acceptable evidence of independent web competence
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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment a report surveying online resources in a relevant topic area to be agreed (2000 words,) [linked to Learning Objectives 1, 2 and 3]  50%
Semester Assessment a related small-scale research proposal involving the gathering of data online, outlining the proposed methodologies for data-gathering and analysis and discussing any ethical issues: 2500 words plus online elements - such as a survey form [linked to Learning Objectives 4 and 5]  Resit Information  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • make effective use of online search engines for research purposes;
  • demonstrate familiarity with online bibliographic sources in a relevant field;
  • evaluate the relevance, provenance and reliability of online materials;
  • articulate basic methods of gathering and analysing online data;
  • articulate key ethical issues in researching online.

Brief description

Students will propose a topic relevant to their degree on which they will conduct extensive searches, using standard library and bibliographic, WWW and internet searches and other methods of searching,as appropriate, to identify as wide a range of relevant materials as they are able. They will prepare a report on the methods and results of the searches which will include an evaluation of the status, provenance ans reliability of the located resources.


The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to test and develop their skills in using the WWW, the internet and other available sources as resources for knowledge. Since it will work largely on a self-managed basis, with only limited tutorial guidance after initial approval of the topic, it will also be an opportunity for students to develop and be tested on their ability to work independently, via a self-defined project.


This module is at CQFW Level 6