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Formal Requirements


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First workshop for the Independent Study unit.

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Formal Requirements

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