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Module Code: COM305
Module Title: Final Year Project: Communication Studies
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: Department of Media and Communication
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to:

A) Enable student to carry out and write up a piece of independent research in communication studies on a topic that interests them;

B) Extend students’ knowledge, skills and critical understanding to evidence their capacity for independent thinking;

C) Develop a range of transferrable research skills including the ability to organize time and resources effectively; as well as communicate with their colleagues and their supervisor.

Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate an ability to think independently in the context of research questions they set for themselves

B. Critically appraise and make use of relevant literature as they work through their research questions, including appropriate academic referencing in order to produce a clear, coherent and sustained argument

C. Synthesize and apply relevant theoretical constructs and appropriate research methodology to an original piece of research

D. Clearly structure and produce a substantial piece of writing as appropriate to an original piece of research

Method of teaching and learning 
Students will identify a research topic and meet regularly with their supervisor in order to create a research proposal. They will then outline the proposal formally, conduct independent research, present their data or initial analysis orally and write a final dissertation.

The emphasis in the teaching will be on original, independent research.

A dissertation is a self-contained piece of original work, written and submitted in place of two taught Level three 5 credit modules, normally one from the first semester and one from the second semester. Students choose to study a topic of their interest guided by a member of the academic staff who will act as a supervisor for their research. Students should maintain close contact with their supervisor throughout the year. The dissertation is expected to investigate their chosen topic in some depth, drawing as appropriate on relevant published research and criticism, and constructing an original argument to arrive at explicitly justified interpretations and conclusions. The syllabus, therefore, will be individual and co-created between the student and the supervisor.

In terms of final presentation, dissertations must be word-processed and double spaced. They are normally between 10,000 and 12,000 words in length including footnotes and a bibliography.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 52  26        222  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Proposal 15.00
2 Paper And Oral Defense 15.00
3 Dissertation 70.00

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