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MCH2069 : Research Design and Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Graeme Mearns
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr James Ash
  • Lecturer: Dr Gareth Longstaff, Dr Joanne Sayner, Dr Clifton Evers
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims:
- To deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of critical scholarly skills with an emphasis on designing research, conducting it, and analysing data collected with focus on what can be known and how.
- To provide diverse insights as to a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods frequently used by those working in media, communications, cultural studies and interrelated fields to collect, gather and interpret a variety of primary and secondary data.
- To allow students to develop their own skills in research design by enabling them to put methods into practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module draws on expertise across the Media and Culture subject areas to enable students to begin understanding how particularised research questions meld with different ways of thinking about and doing research. Methods that we may look at in the context of research in media, communications and culture include:
- Qualitative approaches
- Quantitative approaches
- Mixed methodologies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:3016:30On-campus (can be delivered online if necessary)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00Formative and summative assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:3016:30On-campus (can be delivered online if necessary)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities136:0036:00Seminar preparation and follow-up tasks & essential readings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: These will be used to introduce students to a given method and associated methodological issues in research. They will also provide students a formal introduction to the different kinds of research practices aligned with their area of study.

Small-Group Teaching: This provides practice-based skills sessions geared towards enabling students to develop skills in designing and undertaking research.

Assessment preparation and completion: This category enables students to complete their assessments.

Guided independent study: This broad category refers to independent student work and covers a range of activities. These activities can include reading and preparation as well as the development of supplemental skills associated with a method or set of methodological approaches.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40Written Exercise 1: Research Outline
Written exercise1A60Written Exercise 2: Methodology and Methods
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment 1 is a research ‘outline’ (1000 words) comprising of aim, objectives and research questions together with a short statement as to academic literature that has informed the above.

Assessment 2 (1500 words) ‘methodology’, including details of the approach and method(s) used to answer the research questions devised in Assessment 1.

Together, these two assessments offer an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledges associated with different methods and provide the basis for the development of third-year projects.

Reading Lists