Module Identifier TFM2210  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mikel Koven  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Other   8 contact hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Preliminary dissertation proposal 2,500- 3,000 words setting out the topic with a justification of the subject and methodology proposed and 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

Upon completion of this module, students will:
be able to understand the demands of academic research at postgraduate level;

be able to understand what qualifies as 'good' research, and the role of effective methods within this;

be able to understand the primary requirements for putting together and writing a dissertation.

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


to develop student awareness and skills regarding postgraduate research methods.


Seminar topics may include 'What is a research question?', 'Methods of Research and Analysis', 'The Importance of Methods', and 'Putting it Together: Dissertation Writing'.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Deacon, David et al. (1998) Researching Communications London: Arnold
Jensen, Klaus Bruhn & Nicholas Jankowski (eds) (1991) A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communication Research London: Routledge
Wisker, Gina (2001) The Postgraduate Research Handbook Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave
** Recommended Text
Anderson, Jonathan and Millicent Poole (1998) Assignment and Thesis Writing (3rd edition) Brisbane: John Wiley
Berry, Ralph (2000) The Research Project: How to Write It (4th edition) London & New York: Routledge
Ferre, John P. (1983) Merrill Guide to the Research Paper Columbus, Ohio: Merrill
Turabian, Kate L. (1996) A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (6th edition) Chicago: University of Chicago Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7