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'.
** Essential Reading
Deacon, David et al. (1998) Researching Communications
Jensen, Klaus Bruhn & Nicholas Jankowski (eds) (1991) A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communication Research
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