Module Catalogue 2020/21

HSS3099 : Combined Honours Final Year Project (40 credits)

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rachel Clements
  • Lecturer: Dr Franck Michel
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

This module cannot be taken in conjunction with another dissertation module.

Aims

To provide an opportunity for students undertaking Combined Honours to undertake in-depth, independent project into one, or a combination of their subjects of study. Some subjects offer dissertation modules focusing on their subject but some do not; and even those that do, do not offer the flexibility to undertake an interdisciplinary or creative project.

This module will give students the opportunity to undertake a major project and to foster autonomy, choice and responsibility in their subjects. At that same time they will receive appropriate support and guidance to enable their success. The focus of this module is very much on the process of learning and of developing academic and professional skills through a project which is embedded within their prior and continuing study in the academic subjects of their degree.

Outline Of Syllabus

i) No previous knowledge of research is required.
ii) Small group and online briefings will be used to introduce and develop appropriate research approaches and methods, and the process tools and skills which will enable students to be successful.
iii) Given the likely diversity of the range of topics and individual student approaches to the projects these sessions will be tailored to address specific requirements, and the supervisory support will also address this.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. To explore in depth a topic from, or related to, subjects of study, drawing on relevant concepts and theories and demonstrating understanding of these.
2. To apply rigorous research approaches to investigating a research question / topic and use an appropriate framework to do so.
3. To structure a discussion in a coherent and convincing fashion by synthesising the material gathered in the context of the research, summarizing the key arguments, drawing valid conclusions, and relate to the research topic.
4. To offer a fresh perspective in at least one aspect of the project.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Develop and demonstrate the cognitive skills of critical thinking, data synthesis and information literacy.
2. Develop and demonstrate the self-management skills of working independently, planning and organising, adaptability, decision making and problem solving.
3. Demonstrate critical reflection of the process of undertaking a project and the impact on their own learning and be able to communicate that.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading76:0042:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1329:00329:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision100:305:00Per student
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time122:0024:00Team taught
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be a combination of small group and online briefing to provide advice and guidance on the approaches/techniques required to undertake your projects. Tutorials in the form of supervisory sessions are to ascertain progress, provide formative feedback and feed forward, and facilitate problem solving and supported independent learning. There will be one supervisor per student.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A100Students complete a research proposal, a project, and a reflective review. The assessment in total is equivalent to 9,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MOutline submitted for feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The student will identify their own research question and scope the project, and produce a research proposal in Semester 1 (on which they receive rich feedback). In Semester 2 students complete the project and produce an output which can vary in format; this is assessed in a double marking process. Students will then reflect formally on their project and their learning; this will take the form of an assessed reflection. NB: This module is designed to operate in consultation and partnership with the students and this process will co-determine details of the assessments such as weighting, deadlines, format and criteria.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.