Module Identifier DRM2210  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin J Barker  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Other   8 contact hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment preliminary dissertation proposal Essay: around 3,000 words setting out the preliminary proposal for the dissertation with justification of the topic and of the methods used, with an annotated bibliography100%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
? be able to understand the demands of academic research at the postgraduate level;

? be able to understand what qualifies as `good? research, understand the differences between a variety of resource materials, and how to put together and write a dissertation


to develop student awareness and skills regarding postgraduate research methods


Seminar topics may include `What is a research question??, `Methods of Research and Analysis?, `Sources and Resources?, and `Putting it Together: Dissertation Writing.?

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Deacon, David et al. (1998) Researchnig Communications London: Arnold
Jensen, Klaus Bruhm & Nicholas Jankowski (Eds) (1991) A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communication Research London: Routledge
MLA Handbook for Research papers MLA Association
** Recommended Text
Berry, Ralph (2000) The Research Project: How to Write It (4th ed.) London & NY: Routledge
Ferre, John P. (1983) Merrill Guide to the Research Paper Columbus, Ohio: Merrill
Anderson, Jonathan & Millicent Poole (1998) Assigment and Thesis Writing (3rd ed.) Brisbane: John Wiley
Turabian, Kate L. (1996) A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (6th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago press


This module is at CQFW Level 7