2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM2910 Communication Research Methods
20 creditsClass Size: 142
Module manager: Giles Moss
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsNormally completion of Level 1 BA Communication Studies
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis module introduces you to key research perspectives and methods in media and communication and to the principles of research ethics. The module combines lectures, required readings, practical exercises in seminars to build skills, and assessments that promote reflection on the research process and the value of different research methods.
On completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Identify and describe a range of research methods used in media and communication study.
2. Devise a media and communication research question
3. Develop an appropriate methodology to address a media and communication research question
4. Critique research projects in terms of ethics and methodology
Lectures will introduce students to key research perspectives and methods in media and communication and to the principles of research ethics. Seminars offer opportunities to practice methods from the lectures, reflect on research ethics, and debate the pros, cons, and implications of different research perspectives and methods. Activities throughout the semester encourage the development of research skills and methodological awareness and will prepare students for the assessments.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||178.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents are required to spend an estimated 8-hours per week on seminar preparation. The remaining private study time should be dedicated to preparing assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance will be monitored at lectures and seminars. Office hours will be available for students to come and discuss the module and assessment (e.g. essay plans) throughout the semester.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||Critical Review 1 x 1,500 - 1,750 words||30.00|
|Research Proposal||1 x 3,000 - 3,500 words||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
If you are reuired to resit any component for this module please select an alternative essay question from the module handbook.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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