20 credits at level HE6
This module is designed to prepare students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for Postgraduate Level study. The enhanced skills developed through this module are seen as essential for progression onto further postgraduate study. It seeks to develop higher level skills and an awareness of research and a research culture within the range of potential discipline areas of Digital Image and Media.
It will provide an interdisciplinary overview of a range of methods, problems and approaches that will be applicable to the broad discipline area of Digital Image and Media.
The programme concentrates on research skills, methods and approaches. The purpose is to enhance skills as a generic researcher, which can then be applied to subject specific knowledge and personal development.?Skills updating will be offered by attending workshops appropriate to students’ specialist discipline to gain the higher level skills needed for undertaking the programme.
• evaluate the appropriateness of different research paradigms as applied to specific research examples;
• demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in their analysis of the work of others and in their own work, recognising the difference between ethical and unethical work, copyright, data protection, patents and plagiarism, quoting, referencing according to established conventions (Harvard);
• identify their own needs in respect of analytical writing, plan and undertake appropriate action;
• use appropriate digital media to their programme of study including on-line interaction with tutors and peers;
• use appropriate techniques to undertake literature and other research searches by traditional and electronic means.
Research awareness and methodology - the process of research; literature review including text, archive and electronic resources; survey methods; quantitative approaches (samples, descriptors, textual and visual analysis); qualitative approaches (questionnaires, interviews and participant observation); reading and evaluating visual and contextual material; and, applying visual and contextual findings within the context of personal inquiry.
Research culture - ethical considerations (being moral, conscientious and scrupulous within a research culture)
Intellectual property rights - copyright, data protection, patents, plagiarism.
Report and essay formats - abstracts, quoting and citing from all sources (inc Harvard citation)
Teaching and contact time – 12 hours
Lectures, seminars and tutorials – 8 hours
Digital workshops – as required by individual students
Notional student learning hours – 180 (including workshop hours)
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials both face to face and on-line and be focussed within the first 6 weeks of the semester as preparation for the practical and contextual focus of the remaining module. Alongside these will be opportunity to attend specialist digital workshops within the student’s chosen discipline to ensure they have an understanding of the higher level digital skills required for the programme
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Produce a written proposal outlining the student’s research activity in relation to their area of interest||Present a proposal (1000 words minimum or equivalent) which outlines in detail the research to be undertaken and how this is intended to shape the development of the journal and assignment.|
|2.||Critically analyse and evaluate examples of research in the student’s chosen discipline||Demonstrate through a reflective journal an advanced understanding of research skills and their application in an individual’s subject area. (1,500 words minimum or equivalent)|
|3.||Develop an assignment, which has embedded and reflected on their chosen area of research||Present an assignment (1,500 words minimum or equivalent) on an agreed aspect of research which has impacted on the ideas and approaches within an individual discipline.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Alasuutari, P (1995) Researching Culture; Qualitative Method and Cultural Studies, Sage, London
Alia, V (2004) Media, Ethics and Social Change, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh
Babbie, ER (1989) The Practice of Social Research, Wadsworth, London
Blaxter, L (2001) How to Research, Open University Press
Cameran, J (1994) The Artist’s Way, Souvenir Press, London
Crabtree, B, Miller, W (1992) Doing Qualitative Research, Sage Publications, London
De Laine, M (2000) Fieldwork, Participation and Practice, Sage, London
Dochartaigh, N (2002) Internet Research Skills, Sage, London
Frosh, P (2003) The Image Factory, Berg, Oxford
Hall, S (1999) Visual Culture: The Reader, Sage, London
Hart, C (2005) Doing a Masters Dissertation, Sage, London
Jones, S (ed 1999) Doing Internet Research, Sage, London
Love, Sana (2000) Textbook of Research Ethics, Kluwer Academic, London
Mirzoeff, N (1999) Visual Culture, Routledge, London
Pink, S (2006) Doing Visual Ethnography, Sage, London
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