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First workshop for the Independent Study unit.

First workshop for the Independent Study unit.

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  • 1. Independent Study
  • 2. Today’s Session
    • Formal Requirements of the Independent Study Unit
    • Refreshing research
    • The blogsite
    • Getting Started
  • 3. Aims of Independent Study
    • Focus on an area of personal interest
    • Student directed, student managed (independent study skills)
    • Demonstrate students’ knowledge, skills and competencies in conducting research in a specialized area of interest
    • Develop extra-curricular skills (decision making, negotiation, making contacts, confidence building)
    • Possibility of enhancing student employability after graduation
  • 4. Outline of study options
    • All studies must be explicitly linked to communication (see proposal writing guidelines)
    • There are three options:
      • Empirical Research study
      • Theoretical study
      • Creative study
  • 5. Formal requirements
    • Research proposal (10%)
    • Final product (90%)
      • (Including a Research Diary)
  • 6. Supervision
    • Devise and develop your own study ideas
    • Talk to as many staff as you can/wish
    • Staff advise you directly or recommend another team member
    • Ask a member of staff explicitly to be your supervisor.
    • Staff will agree to be your supervisor if:
      • best suited
      • AND they have not already agreed to supervise too many other students’ studies.
    • May have to change or adapt your study idea.
    • Staff availability: see calendar (some reading/research before you go to meet with staff)
    • Complete and submit ‘supervision agreement form’ to Admin office (see calendar for all submission dates)
  • 7. What is research?
    • Reflect on one of the units you have studied this academic year
    • What practical research activities were you involved in?
    • What research methodologies did you use?
    • How and by whom were these research activities framed?
  • 8. What is research?
    • is a collection of info on a particular topic
    • is a process exploring an area of interest
    • is about gaining knowledge
    • is the foundation of everything
    • is gathering useful information
    • is time-consuming
    • the starting process of a product
    • helps to answer questions
    • sometimes pointless
    • a process of asking questions
    • reading and interpreting
    • easier than it sounds
    • gathering ideas to form an opinion
    • is trial and error
    • THE END
  • 9. Units
    • Analysing Organisations
    • Communication and the Media
    • Human Inquiry/In Action
    • Marketing Communications
    • Communicating Culture
    • Theatre as Communication
    • Documentary Film Production
  • 10. What is research?
    • Research as pervasive in our culture
    • Research as process
    • Research as not linear
    • Research as everyday activity made formal
    • Research as reading and writing
    • Systematic recording of activities
    • Keeping notes (library, books, newspapers)
    • Referencing
    • Thoughts and ideas
    • Not necessarily earth shattering discoveries
    • New because of what you, the researcher will bring to it.
  • 11. Getting Started Choosing a topic Generating ideas
    • Relate it to previous study work
    • Think about your outside interests
    • Think autobiographically
    • Read newspapers and magazines
    • Start from a quote or book that has engaged you in the past
    • Look at previous students’ studies
    • Draw some pictures
    • Think of a product you’d like to make.
    • Think of an activity you’d like to plan, produce, or evaluate.
    • Think of a research method you’re interested in
    • Think about what you want to do after university
    • Is there a social ‘problem’ that you’d like to tackle?
  • 12. Key words
    • Focus
    • Data
    • Outcomes
    • Aims/questions
    • Recording
    • Archiving
    • Supervisor
    • Requirements
  • 13. Doing Research Some starting guidelines
    • Keep a blog
    • Keep cuttings and ideas
    • Read actively: how is this relevant to my research?
    • Read about research process, method and product.
    • Start a discipline of writing
    • Write reflexively about research process
    • Draw Mind-maps of ‘concepts’ or ideas
    • Summarise, paraphrase, quote
    • Speak your ideas out loud – tape them and then transcribe them
  • 14. Coming up …