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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM3910 Communication Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr Giles Moss

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module offers the opportunity to undertake an independent research project and to produce a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. Lectures focus on the research design and structure of a dissertation, including how to develop a research question, how to produce and organise a literature review, how to choose and apply a research method, how to analyse data, and how to present findings and arguments. Students will receive individual tutorial support, but the emphasis will be on independent study.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- independently formulate and research a communication question;
- carry out independent research into a topic in the field of communication;
- show their in-depth knowledge and understanding of academic debates in their chosen topic of enquiry;
- evaluate the debates and/or empirical evidence and methods they have used in the dissertation;
- write an extended piece of work in the field of communication.


The dissertation is a piece of written work of 10,000-12,000 words on a topic of your own choice and based on independent research. You will be assigned a supervisor who will offer support through individual tutorials. Lectures will cover how to develop a research question, how to frame a topic through academic literature, how to select and apply a method, how to analyse data, and how to present findings and arguments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours389.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Details of private study will vary by project, but students are generally expected to dedicate their private study time to researching academic literature, planning and conducting an empirical study or theoretical analysis, and preparing and writing the dissertation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 10,000-12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2016


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