Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lectures 1 x 2 hours per week
Seminars / Tutorials Seminars 1 x 1 hour per week every other week (Students will be informed of their group allocations)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3500 word assignment. For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at   70%
Semester Assessment An annotated bibliography.  30%

Learning Outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

Understand the differences between research, and other ways of gaining information and understanding.

Recognise the different stages involved in effective research; formulating a question, grounding this in existing research, theories and frameworks, formulating methods, managing the research process, and evaluating findings.

Develop their own dissertation proposal in the light of these, and see how to use an appropriate method or methods to carry this out.

Locate and draw upon a wide range of resources for this purpose.


The aims of this module are as follows

To develop student research skills to the point where they are prepared to conduct independent research in the development of an undergraduate research dissertation or research project;
To develop student skills at distinguishing between popular and scholarly source materials, using library, web, and other internet resources, using existing methodological frameworks, and textual analysis (of both printed and audio/visual texts);
To address the planning and execution of individual research projects.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Deacon, David et al (1997) Researching Communications London: Arnold Primo search
Recommended Text
McKee, Alan (2003) Textual Analysis: a biginner's guide London: SAGE Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6