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Postgraduate Course: Research Reading Course A (ARCH11027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Write, present and converse knowledgeably and critically on current social, cultural and theoretical issues in digital media
  2. Compare and evaluate different theoretical positions
  3. Evaluate critically methods of using digital social media in research
  4. Prepare for a self-directed programme of theoretical investigation
  5. Demonstrate detailed familiarity with at least 6 key texts in the areas of digital media and culture
Reading List
Relevant blog posts by the coordinator will provide the much of the course content:
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.
Additional Information
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.
Keywordssocial media,culture,research methods
Course organiserProf Richard Coyne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2332
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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