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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Intermediality 2 (ELCC11022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis second-semester course prepares students for the end-of-year dissertation and practice-based project.
Course description Academic Description

Research Methods in Intermediality 2 introduces students to the research processes involved in producing a dissertation and practice-based project. Students will develop skills relevant to the dissertation/practice-based project such as producing a literature review, writing a reflective essay, and constructing an argument. Students will present their chosen topics before producing a formal written proposal for their dissertation/practice-based project. The course will also offer an outlook on career choices and further study.

Student Learning Experience

The course comprises lecture elements, seminar discussions, group work, workshop-type and creative activities, offering diverse modes of engagement with the materials for study. Achievement of learning outcomes will be tested by a Dissertation/Practice-based Project Proposal (1000-1200 words), assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MSc in Intermediality. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 183 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

Dissertation/Practice-based Project Proposal (1000-1200 words), assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.
Feedback Students receive individual feedback on their coursework submission as well as group feedback on their dissertation/practice-based project presentations. The dissertation/practice-based project proposal directly prepares students for their final assessment for the programme.

Formative feedback is provided during in-class activities. Weeks 7, 8 and 9 offer students the opportunity to present their research proposal to the group and the tutor, who will offer tailored feedback on the chosen topic, research context and methodologies to enable students to revise their proposal prior to the coursework submission.¿
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Formulate a research problem, appropriate to the MSc Intermediality.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the methods appropriate for conducting intermedial research and creative practice.
  3. Prepare a formal proposal for a dissertation or practice-based project in Intermediality.
Reading List
Booth, Wayne. The Craft of Research, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Quinn, James. ¿Reflecting on Reflection: Exploring the Role of Writing as Part of Practice-Led Research¿, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 13.2 (2020), 243-258.
Scott, Joanne. Intermedial Praxis and Practice as Research: ¿Doing-Thinking¿ in Practice, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.
Thomson, Pat. Refining Your Academic Writing: Strategies for Reading, Revising and Rewriting, Abingdon: Routledge, 2023.
Nelson, Robin. Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Knobel Michele and Colin Lankshear.¿A New Literacies Sampler. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.
Moyo, Last. The Decolonial Turn in Media Studies in Africa and the Global South. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020.
Östersjö, Stefan. ¿Go to Hell: Some Reflections on the Role of Intuition and Analysis in Artistic Research.¿ Resonancias, 24. 46 (2020), 157-166.
Pearlman, Lazlo. ¿¿Dissemblage¿ and ¿Truth Traps¿: Creating Methodologies of Resistance in Queer Autobiographical Theatre.¿ Theatre Research International, 40.1 (2015), 88¿91.
Stephan Felix, Mark, and Ian Smith. A Practical Guide to Dissertation and Thesis Writing. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.
Tosca Susana Pajares and Lisbeth Klastrup. Transmedial Worlds and Everyday Life: Networked Reception Social Media and Fictional Worlds. New York: Routledge, 2019.
White, Patrick. Developing Research Questions. Second ed. London: Palgrave, 2017.

Further Reading:
Bailey, Stephen. Academic Writing a Practical Guide for Students, Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes, 2003.
Heinen, Sandra., and Roy. Sommer, eds. Narratology in the Age of Cross-Disciplinary Narrative Research. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009.
Smith, Hazel., and Roger T. Dean. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. 1st ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
Wilhite, Keith, 'Adaptation and Revision', The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, edited by Thomas Leitch, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 644¿660.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry

Creative problem solving

Critical and reflective thinking

Articulate communication

Personal and intellectual autonomy

Self-organization and effectiveness
KeywordsIntermediality,research skills,dissertation,practice-based project
Course organiserMr Francois Giraud
Tel: (0131 6)50 3745
Course secretaryMr Iain Harrison
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