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Module

MCH2069 : Research Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Rush-Cooper
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Michael Waugh
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module has three key aims:

First, the module provides a critical introduction to the philosophical foundations of researching media, communication and cultural studies, with an emphasis on what can be known and how can this be known.

Second, the module aims to provide a varied knowledge of the methods that are used in researching media, communication and culture.

Third, the module aims to provide students with theoretical and conceptual foundations necessary for the undertaking of the final year research project.

This module builds upon the core Stage 1 module ‘Introduction to Critical Practice’ and is pivotal to connecting Stage 1 and Stage 3. It focuses on the whole process and practice of research, looking at the fundamental philosophical issues of research and inquiry and practical information on data collection techniques. In the second semester the module gives information on how to put a research proposal together and enables students to undertake preliminary work for their Stage 3 research/film project.

Outline Of Syllabus

Epistemology
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Digital Research
Ethics in Research
Designing a Research Proposal

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 materials94:0036:00Online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity122:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Total203:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to explore the ways of making sense of the methodological issues involved in the research process. They will also be used to provide students with a formal introduction of the different kinds research practices and the relevance of that practice to their area of study. The small-group sessions will provide students with the opportunity to connect methodological issues with research skills. Students private study will also involve them materialising research methodology into a realisable research proposal.

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 paper2M100Research proposal, 3000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MEquivalent to 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment (equivalent to 1,000 words) will cover the skills students need to acquire for information literacy and literature reviews in preparation for planning a research proposal.

The assessment involves the students using the knowledge that is provided to identify a research problem and design a feasible research proposal. Specific elements from the module learning outcomes will be addressed through students responding to a research proposal template. Furthermore, the research proposal will contain some evidence of primary research in the form of designing archive research techniques, interviews, questionnaires.

Reading Lists

Timetable