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WEBS2002 Interdisciplinary Group Project

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is offered in the context of a multi-disciplinary programme. The purpose of the module is to allow students to understand the challenges and problems that come from trying to reconcile multiple disciplinary perspectives and value systems on a single problem. This module draws together all the multidisciplinary content and methodologies that they have engaged with, and helps them to understand how to marshal them in a practical, commercial or political context. In addition, the module will: - Give students experience of working in a team and of the problems of communication - Consolidate and integrate the techniques and concepts introduced in earlier courses.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand the issues surrounding navigating the languages of different disciplines
  • Articulate case studies in the application of interdisciplinary approaches to real-world problems
  • Apply methods for constructing arguments from multi-disciplinary perspectives
  • Perform critical analysis in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Demonstrate teamwork and time management
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Handle some of the conflict inherent in a group project
  • Make critical judgements of your own and other peoples work
  • Take responsibility for scheduling and running group meetings
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise disciplinary perspectives to inform a public understanding of the web
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Prepare an argument from a multi-disciplinary perspective for a given problem
  • Critically evaluate arguments and weigh their merits
  • Work effectively in a group to deliver a targeted report
  • Appreciate the interdependence and conflict inherent in a group project


There is a small amount formal teaching on the unit. Topics will include: - Epistemological approaches - Approaches to interdisciplinary integration - Case studies in interdisciplinary integration - Teamwork and time management. Students will exercise and develop skills in the following areas: - Teamwork and time management - Responsibility for scheduling and running group meetings.

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task29
Wider reading or practice51
Follow-up work12
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Repko A. F. (2008). Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Group report 60%
Individual report 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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