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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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials163:0048:001-2 readings per week, with activities
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials162:0032:001-2 videos per week, with activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00One hour per week
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Personal further reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00One hour PiP session every week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00One hour zoom session every week.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice150:0050:00Data collection and data analysis practice for RF3
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00Two hour PiP workshops
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00Data collection and analysis for RF3
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity161:0016:00One hour per week on reflective learning journal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00On-line drop in.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1203:00203:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce new research methods topics each week, and will facilitate structured guided learning, in the form of related activities, reading tasks and online discussion. Synchronous online sessions and present-in-person small group classroom sessions will enable further group work, discussion and reflection in relation to each topic. In some weeks, students will practise their data collection and analysis techniques in workshops. Throughout the taught stage of the module, students will be prepared for conducting their own research project (Research File 3). In the research stage, students will be supported through 1-1 tutorials with an appointed supervisor. A reflective learning journal will enable students to log, and reflect on, their learning activities each week.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1A20Research file 1: Reflective research skills journal (1500 words), submitted at end of semester 1.
Research paper2M30Research file 2: Presentation of research proposal (10 mins plus 5 mins discussion time). Taking place at beginning of Easter break.
Research paper3M5Research file 3: Research proposal (written) 1500 words.
Research paper3M45Research file 3: Empirical research project (written) 5500 words, submitted at end of August.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theory- and study skills-related outcomes will be assessed through Research File 1 (reflective learning journal). The ability to identify gaps in the field of research, to identify links between research and practice, and design a research project, will be assessed in Research File 2 (presentation) and Research File 3 proposal. The skills outcomes, including ability to conduct data collection and data collection, and to understand how data analyses can contribute to a field of study, will be assessed through Research File 3 (research project).

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