Not currently offered
Course code

CMNS4100

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides students with a review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about communication research and research practices. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods to communication research. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions.


Availability

Newcastle City Precinct


    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. The ability to select and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;

    2. The application of research methods related to the disciplinary areas of communication and media;

    3. A development of critical and analytical skills;

    4. Skills in critiquing and appraising relevant literature.


    Content

    1. A review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about communication research and research practices.
    2. An examination of differing research methodologies and techniques.
    3. An examination of the application of research methods to the disciplinary areas of communication.

    Assumed knowledge

    Students should

    - have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;

    - have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.


    Assessment items

    Essay: Essay

    Participation: Participation

    Journal: Journal


    Contact hours

    Newcastle City Precinct

    Lectorial

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

    Lecture material, group discussions, individual seminar presentations and peer review.

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.