I managed to conduct my group discussion for the project on Monday evening, as planned. It was an interesting experience and I think I've got some sensible data to analyse, even if I couldn't stop asking closed questions (which fortunately still received very open and long answers!) and asking a number of rather leading questions on a couple of occasions. I'd have never made a lawyer, that's for sure.
I managed to collect 49 minutes of discussion (we could have gone on for hours) and so far I've managed to get around 32 minutes transcribed in 7-ish hours of effort. That's not too bad I think as I've listened to it all the way through once and replayed and edited it in 2-3 minute sections as I've gone along to make sure I'm not missing anything. As well as the analysis, I also still need to search out some more literature, or rather, narrow down the literature I've got already to enable me to write up the introduction to my project.
Overall, given my horrendous work commitments between now and the end of the month it's going to be a bit of a struggle to get there in time, but I'm hopeful I will.
I've also got SD226 TMA03 to cope with, although it looks as if my tutor for that will be happy to give me an extension if I need it. I'm hoping I won't. I'm two questions and half an essay in, so unless the DD307 project takes far longer to complete than I'm expecting, then I should be ok. It's crazy I know, but I'd really like to say that I got through all 28 TMAs on the degree without ever having to ask for an extension!
It's funny how my TMA marks are colouring my perspective of the two courses though. I've had two great marks for SD226 and three rather poor ones (by my standards) for DD307. I now like SD226 a lot more than I did at the start of the year and DD307 a whole lot less, but if I reflect on them properly, it's actually DD307 that's more interesting to me – as it's far more challenging than SD226 is.