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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introducing Communication Research Skills
    • Library and other research resources
    • Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (I)
    • Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (II)
    • The contexts and ethics of communication research
    • Semiotics
    • Content analysis
    • Quantitative research
    • Qualitative research
    • Mixed methods
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

 At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. use library and other information resources effectively
  2. work efficiently and confidently in the postgraduate communications program
  3. read, comprehend and write in key academic and other writing formats
  4. conduct semiotic analyses of how texts signify meanings and how users interpret them
  5. choose and use appropriate techniques of content analysis for specific research tasks
  6. understand and use quantitative and qualitative methods to research communications texts, formats, practices, and users/audiences.
     
  • Assignment 1 - Literature Review (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research Case Study (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research Report (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Seminar and Discuss Board (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Communication Research Skills equips you with foundational knowledge and skills needed to research a range of communication forms, practices, audiences, and institutions. It is comprised of two modules. Foundations (Weeks 1-5) deals with the following topics: using the university library and other information resources; academic writing formats, skills and strategies; effective study practices and habits; and the work contexts and ethics of communication research. Methods (Weeks 6-10) introduces key methodologies used in researching communication texts, practices and users/audiences: semiotic analysis, content analysis, quantitative techniques, and qualitative techniques.

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