MCH3073 : Media Research Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Chris Haywood
- Other Staff: Miss Fiona Hartley, Mrs Lucy Keating
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||30|
To enable students to undertake primary research in the area of media, communication and cultural studies.
To facilitate the development and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and techniques necessary to research independently and in-depth.
To provide students with the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of written work that satisfies the requirements of the programme's marking criteria.
This research project provides the student with direct experience of the research process including the formulation, development and completion of an extensive piece of independent work. For this module students are asked to focus on a particular area of Media, Communication and Culture. They should draw upon their previous engagement with these areas over the course of their degree to help them consider and formulate a research question. As the research project is a piece of independent work, the content will vary from student to student; however, the following requirements apply in the choice of all topics:
Students should consider carefully which area of study is primarily to inform their research question and approach (media studies, communication studies, cultural studies).
The chosen research topic must be feasible (in terms of available sources), lend itself to investigation at an appropriate level for final-year work, and relate to the chosen courses of study on the programme and/ or staff research interests.
The project may be empirical or library-based research.
Empirical research must be accompanied by an approved ethics form.
All topics must be discussed in advance with a relevant member of staff and formally approved before research begins.
There are two forms of assessment on this module:
Preliminary submission of the literature review chapter. This contributes to 15% of the overall mark.
A dissertation. This contributes 85% to the overall mark.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to the module, The literature Review, Advanced Library Skills, Careers, Good Academic Practice, Ethical Issues, Writing a Methodology.
Starting Semester Two, Analyzing Data, Submitting the Dissertation
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||1:00||8:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||64:00||64:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||1:00||3:00||Small groups with supervisors|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||200:00||200:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||1:00||2:00||Workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||24||3:00||72:00||Module Surgery - 3 hour surgery for this module only. Response to student need.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||23:00||23:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||3||1:00||3:00||1-2-1 Dissertation Supervision|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The research project involves different styles of teaching and learning at targeted stages of the research project. At the start of the module based on the research proposal completed in Research Methods II, students will be allocated a supervisor. This supervisor will at various times in semester one meet with the student both formally and informally to provide support, advice and specialist research knowledge. At the same time in the first semester, practical information about accessing information and its management, making contact with those involved in the research fieldwork and presentation skills will be delivered through formal lectures, practical sessions and group learning. Each session adopts the most appropriate format to address the particular needs of the students. For example, advanced information searching will take place in small groups in the library, making contact with those in the research field will involve a formal lecture style. However, as the students progress in their research work, more informal supervision support becomes predominant. In semester two, the students will have a minimum of three one hour sustained research support across the semester. This will involve the reading and feedback of chapter drafts.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||15||Literature Review 2500-3000 words|
|Dissertation||2||A||85||Dissertation, 8000 - 10000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessment is designed to support and acknowledge the work that the student undertakes across two semesters. In the first semester students will provide a formal literature review of the research project. This will assess the progress of the research and the rationale and explanation of this progress. This includes how the student is negotiating their research design, the stage of the primary research and the issues that they are engaging with in the literature review.
The main part of the assessment is a dissertation. This provides students with the opportunity to engage with their research question, the importance of their primary research and to critically review existing literature in the field. It also enables the results as well as drawing conclusions. Overall the dissertation will enable assessment of the student's ability to collect and interrogate data, the extent to which they manage ethical dimensions of researching communication and their knowledge and understanding of methodological/theoretical literature.