Module Identifier MC30710  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel G J Chandler  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite IL10720 , Either of the above modules or acceptable evidence of independent web competence, IL32900 , IL10920  
Course delivery Lecture   10 HOURS  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment a report surveying online resources in a relevant topic area to be agreed (2000 words,) [linked to Learning Objectives 1, 2 and 3]50%
Semester Assessment Resit Information a related small-scale research proposal involving the gathering of data online, outlining the proposed methodologies for data-gathering and analysis and discussing any ethical issues: 2500 words plus online elements - such as a survey form [linked to Learning Objectives 4 and 5]50%
Further details  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Students will propose a topic relevant to their degree on which they will conduct extensive searches, using standard library and bibliographic, WWW and internet searches and other methods of searching,as appropriate, to identify as wide a range of relevant materials as they are able. They will prepare a report on the methods and results of the searches which will include an evaluation of the status, provenance ans reliability of the located resources.


The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to test and develop their skills in using the WWW, the internet and other available sources as resources for knowledge. Since it will work largely on a self-managed basis, with only limited tutorial guidance after initial approval of the topic, it will also be an opportunity for students to develop and be tested on their ability to work independently, via a self-defined project.

Reading Lists

Campbell, David R (1995) The student's guide to doing research on the Internet Addison Wesley
Fielden, Ned L (1998) Internet research: theory and practice Mc Farland and Co
McGuiness, Kevin (1998) Research on the Net Old Bailey Press
O Dochartaigh, Niall (2002) The Internet reasearch handbook: A practical guide for students and researchers in the social sciences Sage


This module is at CQFW Level 6