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SEL3436 : Dissertation: Project-based

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To allow students to develop an in depth study of an area of studies that reflects their own particular interests and intellectual strengths, and which builds on the work done on a project in the first semester.

To demonstrate an ability to plan, conceptualise, research and execute an extended piece of work, which demonstrates an engagement with the work done as part of the project.

To foster independent thinking and develop research skills and skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module allows students to write at length on a self-directed topic related to a project carried out in the first semester. Students will have considerable choice in terms of how they decide to proceed, with the advice and agreement of their supervisor, and could choose to orientate their research towards the work completed on the project.

Students will be asked to identify their likely area of interest at the end of their second year and be required to produce a research plan in the first few weeks of semester 1 of their third year. In this process they will be supported by the module leader and provided with a series of guided learning activities to support them in their initial planning. They will be assigned a supervisor and be expected to work with that supervisor over the course of the dissertation module. In regular meetings, they will discuss the overall design of their project and their dissertation and have the opportunity to receive feedback on a submitted plan and annotated bibliography at the mid-module point. Further guided learning activities throughout the year will support student reflection on academic skills, independent research, approaches to argument and scholarly presentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1150:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1164:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00Observation, activity or placement with outside partners
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching introduces students to the theories and concepts of the module.
The project, expected to be undertaken within a specific agreed organisation within or outside the university, provides students with the necessary experience.
Lectures provide guidance in writing dissertations.
Supervisions provide focused support for individual projects.
Guided independent study builds in time for students to research their projects, practise newly-acquired skills and to prepare their assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10N/A
Design/Creative proj1A10N/A
Dissertation2A80N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report ensures the student has produced an account of their chosen topic and their research-to-date in a timely fashion.
The design/creative project is a pitch for the dissertation topic.
The final project enables the students to demonstrate their acquisition of skills and knowledge on the module.
Overall wordcount: 6500 - 8000 words.

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