Core Module Information
Module title: Master's Thesis

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: JAC11141
Module leader: Ivana Ebel
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module offers you the opportunity to explore, in-depth, an area of the media you are interested in. The thesis requires you to pursue an original empirical research project and make a contribution to knowledge in the field. In writing the thesis, you will demonstrate the ability to independently identify, analyse, address, and answer research questions in journalism or related areas of the media. This may include a critical exploration of an aspect of the media industries, media production analysis, audience reception studies or a critical analysis of media content, among other approaches. The thesis consists of an in-depth investigation of a subject or issue of significance to the study of journalism and the media itself. It culminates in the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation, complete with a literature review, references and adopted research methodologies. The thesis must contain at least 20% of original empirical research. The thesis will produce new knowledge on a specific area by providing an independent, original, and insightful academic study that pushes the boundaries of the existing knowledge. Your research will enable you to engage with historical or contemporary aspects of journalism and related areas, as well as issues related to the media business, the law, and ethical issues, among other themes. Your research may also entail attending industry events and academic conferences.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1 Evaluate and design an appropriate topic to develop critical independent academic research into a key aspect of journalism.
2 Critically assess and select adequate academic methods to enable to answer a specific research question in journalism.
3 Critically explore the proposed subject and generate new ideas and contributions to the journalism field or related areas.
4 Critically engage with methods to gather, critically analyse, appraise, and evaluate literature, theories, data, and evidence as appropriate to the research topic.
5 Exercise appropriate judgment, engage in critical dialogue, debates, reflections, and generate ideas expressed through written academic communication.
6 Plan and deploy appropriate research methodologies to investigate a topic, reviewing pertinent literature, critically analysing primary and/or secondary sources to an appropriate depth.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Leyden
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 583
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 10 1,2 5 , WORDS= 1500
Dissertation 90 3,4,5,6 13 , WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

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