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ALC8003 : Research Portfolio

Semesters
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

The overall aim of the Research Portfolio is consistent with the overall aim of the programme: to develop students’ knowledge of empirical research in Inter-Cultural Communication (ICC) and Cross-Cultural Communication (CCC), in conjunction with their chosen specialism, and to develop their skills as independent, critical researchers. More specific aims for students are:

1.       To apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired from the taught modules to independent research.
2.       To provide opportunities for students to critically evaluate information they read in the literature.
3.       To design an appropriate piece of research.
4.       To collect, analyse and evaluate information/data.
5.       To present their work to a high standard, orally and in writing.
6.       To present written reports which include a relevant literature review and a discussion of research findings.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is structured to fit around the three Research File assignments. As such, the course is divided into three main parts:

Part 1: Introducing Empirical Research for ICC/CCC
In these sessions (semester 1), students are:
•       Introduced to some theoretical issues pertaining to ICC/CCC
•       Introduced to the concept of empirical academic research, particularly as it relates to the topic of intercultural communication (ICC) and cross-cultural communication (CCC)
•       Introduced to criticality – how to critically evaluate empirical research
•       Given guidance on using library and information resources for your own research and assignments
•       Given further information and guidance on reflecting on ‘critical incidents’ and on how to produce an annotated bibliography (in preparation for writing the RF1 assignment)

Part 2: Data collection and analysis for ICC/CCC
In these sessions (over semesters 1 and 2), students are:
•       Introduced to a variety of data collection and data analysis methods which are of use to scholars investigating ICC and CCC
•       Encouraged to critically evaluate the various strengths and weaknesses of these (and other) methods
•       Enabled to develop skills in selecting the most relevant forms of data collection and analysis for various research projects
•       Given guidance on how to critically evaluate the research methods and research design of published empirical studies (in preparation for the RF2 presentation assignment)

Part 3: Proposing, Planning and Conducting an ICC/CCC Research Project
In these sessions (semester 2), students are:
•       Given guidance on designing effective research questions, and planning a research project
•       Given guidance on writing an research proposal
•       Given guidance on writing a research paper
•       Given further details on RF3 proposal and RF3

Teaching Methods

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Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
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