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COMM2910 Communication Research Methods

20 creditsClass Size: 188

Module manager: Todd Graham

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally completion of Level 1 BA Communication Studies

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students 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 Feedback

Attendance 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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkCritical Review 1 x 1,500 - 1,750 words30.00
Research Proposal1 x 3,000 - 3,500 words70.00
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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/05/2022


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