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Your Research Journey
LB 306 Dr Lance Dann and Rob Greens
What is Research?
It is a disciplined
enquiry into a
subject
STAGE 1
 You have a hunch
 Something is nagging you
 Something you are
dissatisfied with
 You’ve noticed a new trend
a...
 Why do this research?
 Is it appropriate?
 Is there a need for it?
 Is it something that you have
the skills to carry...
STAGE 2
 Talk to your supervisor.
 Carry out initial search for
information around your
idea
 Has it been covered befor...
STAGE 3
The Literature Review
Take advantage of what has
been written before
Summarise and critique ideas.
Develop tools t...
 This will help you locate your
position
 Work out where you stand in
the history of a discussion
 Prepare you for the ...
Stage 4
 IDENTIFY YOUR QUESTION
 This is the spine of your
research
 It is the critical yardstick against
which everyth...
BAD QUESTIONS
Has the role of the father in the sitcom changed in the last 20 years?
Does music in Horror films effect the...
Stage 5
 What is your methodology?
 How are you going to test
your question?
 This is where your practice
comes in.
 Y...
 Theoretical researchers have
a habit of seeing the world
as being billiard ball smooth
 The real world isn’t like that....
 Your practice is like an
experiment
 You are testing out you’re
the reality of your ideas.
 You will record the findin...
Stage 6
 Gather information
 Examine data
 Test out your findings
 View things critically.
 Synthesise information.
Stage 7
 Conclusion
 Put it all together
 What did you find?
 What does this mean?
 What could be done next?
Remember
“Use your methodology to discipline
your passion, not to deaden it.”
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Brighton University lecture for Level 6 (Final Year) Broadcast Media students. This lecture details the stages that students need to undertake to complete a final year research project.

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Your Research Journey: Starting and Completing a Final Year Research Project

  1. 1.  Your Research Journey LB 306 Dr Lance Dann and Rob Greens
  2. 2. What is Research? It is a disciplined enquiry into a subject
  3. 3. STAGE 1  You have a hunch  Something is nagging you  Something you are dissatisfied with  You’ve noticed a new trend and no one else  You have a desire to figure something out.
  4. 4.  Why do this research?  Is it appropriate?  Is there a need for it?  Is it something that you have the skills to carry out?  Do you really want to do it?
  5. 5. STAGE 2  Talk to your supervisor.  Carry out initial search for information around your idea  Has it been covered before?  Is too far out and no one has written about it?  Do you need other opinions?
  6. 6. STAGE 3 The Literature Review Take advantage of what has been written before Summarise and critique ideas. Develop tools to use in your research. Spots gaps or points you’d like fill
  7. 7.  This will help you locate your position  Work out where you stand in the history of a discussion  Prepare you for the next crucial stage
  8. 8. Stage 4  IDENTIFY YOUR QUESTION  This is the spine of your research  It is the critical yardstick against which everything is tested.  It has to be a critical question.  It has to be strong enough to support all stages of your research.
  9. 9. BAD QUESTIONS Has the role of the father in the sitcom changed in the last 20 years? Does music in Horror films effect the audience’s emotional response? How have Jewish comedians become part of the mainstream of US TV? Will the Internet kill the Radio Star?
  10. 10. Stage 5  What is your methodology?  How are you going to test your question?  This is where your practice comes in.  You are going to try and make something that allow you to examine and enquire into your topic.
  11. 11.  Theoretical researchers have a habit of seeing the world as being billiard ball smooth  The real world isn’t like that.  Practice is “mediated”  Practice is “contingent”  Practitioners are “pragmatic”.
  12. 12.  Your practice is like an experiment  You are testing out you’re the reality of your ideas.  You will record the findings.  They might not be what you want or expect.  That doesn’t make it a failure.
  13. 13. Stage 6  Gather information  Examine data  Test out your findings  View things critically.  Synthesise information.
  14. 14. Stage 7  Conclusion  Put it all together  What did you find?  What does this mean?  What could be done next?
  15. 15. Remember “Use your methodology to discipline your passion, not to deaden it.”

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