Module Identifier TF32820  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin J Barker  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TF32410  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Tutorial. Regular individual tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation: 10,000 word dissertation For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 100%

Learning outcomes

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

Formulate a research question with attention to what will be required in order to be able to answer it;
Carry out independent investigations appropriate to a topic and task chosen by themselves;
Critically evaluate the published work of others for its relevance to the topic and task chosen;
Clearly structure and present their findings in an extended piece of writing.


Students will draw upon the research skills developed in the Research Methods to now formulate a clear and investigable research question. Under the guidance of a supervisor, they will carry out their investigations, and then present their findings in the written dissertation.


This module is designed to direct independent student research toward the completion of a 10, 000 word dissertation through the development of research skills, writing and presentation skills in an academic context.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Deacon, David et al (1997) Researching Communications London: Arnold


This module is at CQFW Level 6