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Broadcasting & Sound Engineering and Film Technology: Skills and training


Frustration with referencing imageIt is vital that you reference all the material you use, quote from or refer to in your work.  All CEBE students need to use the Harvard Referencing System.

A guide to using Harvard is available here.

Research support

As well as tutorial support for researchers, we can offer support on:

Guides to undertaking a Literature Review – there is a guide here and the Centre for Academic Success has produced a Study Guide.

Workshops aimed at research students. Details of these are held on the Moodle page and include managing your literature search, using EndNote to manage your references, using Microsoft Word for thesis creation and Copyright for researchers.

Searching skills

Image for searchingThe Learning & Teaching and Research Team is able to provide you with training and support in using Library services and resources. Click here for more information about the Team's work. Take a look at the Searching Skills page for further advice.

Recent literature reviews in sound engineering (such as Reinten et al. (2017)) follow the processes of Kitchenham and Charters (2007):

1. Planning the review

- Formulate the research questions (clear focus).

2. Conducting the review
- Search strategy
- Run the search
- Study selection (related to your research question)
- Locating documents
- Analysis and synthesis (different arrangement of article themes/findings to develop knowledge not apparent when reading articles on their own – “the greatest challenge”).
3. Reporting the review
- Reporting and using the results: follow the format guide and template.
- Answer the research questions.

Broadcast engineering students and film technology and visual effects students can follow a similar but adapted process for the literature review section of their project.

For Foundation students, first and second years, the Informed Learning module introduces navigating Reading Lists, Mapping an assignment to a clear Focus, techniques for Finding and Choosing the best information for an assignment and the Help and Support available. Click here to view the module.

This Moodle site for Sound Engineering students is designed to help you with ideas for developing topic maps, to inform you of the sources that make up the sound engineering information landscape, to help you navigate that landscape effectively and then to evaluate the material you find.

Your Learning, Teaching and Research Librarian

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James Dean
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