MDIA 2302 - Media Research Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Research is central to all media activity, whether carried out in commercial, public or academic contexts. This course aims to bring together the theoretical and practical elements of research in the media. Students will be exposed to various research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, as they affect the changing media landscape and its evaluation. Students will be exposed to different theoretical paradigms of media research, analysis of competing frameworks for defining the media as object of study, and to debate on issues such as research ethics, intellectual property, effective communication of research findings and cultural sensitivity, among others.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 2302
    Course Media Research Methods
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study, including 3 units of MDIA Level I courses
    Incompatible MDIA 2204
    Course Description Research is central to all media activity, whether carried out in commercial, public or academic contexts. This course aims to bring together the theoretical and practical elements of research in the media. Students will be exposed to various research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, as they affect the changing media landscape and its evaluation. Students will be exposed to different theoretical paradigms of media research, analysis of competing frameworks for defining the media as object of study, and to debate on issues such as research ethics, intellectual property, effective communication of research findings and cultural sensitivity, among others.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Budarick

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of research literacy
    2 Demonstrate a sound knowledge of basic research methods
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of the significant risk and ethical issues raised by the conduct of media research
    4 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the theories and frameworks through which media are analysed and understood
    5 Demonstrate familiarity with research into media audiences and users
    6 Develop an understanding of media industries and institutions, particularly the role that research plays within the knowledge economy and future career development
    7 Develop a high level of written and oral communication skills
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4,5,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3,4,6,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3,5,6,7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students will be required to purchase a text for this course.

    Recommended Resources
    The following textbooks are recommended, but there are many more available:
    · Anderson, James A. 2012, Media Research Methods: Understanding Metric and Interpretive Approaches, Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE [A complex and challenging read!]
    · Berger, Arthur A. 2011, Media and Communication Research Methods, 2nd ed., Los Angeles: SAGE Publications [New edition of a classic, which is quite readable]
    · Jensen, Klaus (ed.) 2012, A Handbook of Media and Communication Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies, 2nd ed., New York: Routledge [An excellent book with an emphasis on use of theory in research]
    · Priest, Susanna H. 2010, Doing Media Research: An Introduction, 2nd ed., London: SAGE [Good on the total process of research]
    · Webster, James G., Phalen, Patricia F. and Lichty, Lawrence W. 2006, Ratings Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Audience Research, 3rd ed., Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates [Focused on only one area, but it’s important and this is comprehensive]
    · Weerakkody, Niranjala D. 2008, Research Methods for Media and Communication, Melbourne: Oxford University Press [One of the few Australian media research texts and covers all the basics in accessible style]
    · Wimmer, Roger D. and Dominick, Joseph R. 2006, Mass Media Research: An Introduction, 8th ed., Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth [A very well established and respected US textbook]
    Online Learning
    This course makes extensive use of MyUni and some external websites. All assignments are submitted via MyUni using a combination of on-line tests and TurnItIn.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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