Postgraduate Course: Research Reading Course A (ARCH11027)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to research methods in the area of digital media and culture. Four seminars set the research context for a directed reading course examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to media, culture, computing, visual and interaction design, sound design, music, film, visuality or other areas agreed between the student and a supervisor.
This course will give students a general introduction to research, its methodologies, its challenges and its organization, with particular emphasis on emerging methods for researching digital social media and of using such media in research. Students will be supplied with reading material to be discussed in seminar-style classes. They will also develop their skills by preparing and writing a research proposal and writing up a preliminary research investigation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Submit a proposal in week 4 for discussion with the course coordinator. Submit a draft for review and feedback in week 8 of the course. The final submission will be 5,000 words of text (100%).
||Formative written and oral feedback will be provided on drafts.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Write, present and converse knowledgeably and critically on current social, cultural and theoretical issues in digital media
- Compare and evaluate different theoretical positions
- Evaluate critically methods of using digital social media in research
- Prepare for a self-directed programme of theoretical investigation
- Demonstrate detailed familiarity with at least 6 key texts in the areas of digital media and culture
|Relevant blog posts by the coordinator will provide the much of the course content: https://richardcoyne.com/tag/research/|
As well as
Markham, Annette N. 2011. Internet research. In David Silverman (ed.), Qualitative Research: 111-127. London: Sage. See earlier version online.
Lucas, Raymond. 2016. Research Methods for Architecture. London. Laurence King.
Bryman, Alan. 2015. Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to contribute to the development of ideas within a group context, sharing material, and providing and responding to feedback.
Ability to evaluate the ideas of others critically.
Ability to write clearly and well and to communicate with others.
Ability to embark on a self-directed course of study.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Students will be expected to use social media, blogs and other online tools in the development of their work.
|Keywords||social media,culture,research methods
|Course organiser||Prof Richard Coyne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2332
|Course secretary||Dr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740