Module Catalogue 2022/23

HSS3500 : Combined Honours Final Year Project (20 credits)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franck Michel
  • Lecturer: Dr Rachel Clements, Dr Roy Smith, Miss Annis Stenson
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To provide an opportunity for students undertaking Combined Honours to undertake an in-depth, independent project into one or a combination of their subjects of study or a related field. 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.

Therefore this module will give students the opportunity to undertake a substantial project and to foster autonomy, choice and responsibility. At the 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, the process tools and skills which will enable students to be successful, and the consideration of module assessment.
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 have explored in depth a topic from, or related to, your subjects of study or a related field, drawing on relevant concepts and theories and demonstrating your understanding of these.
2. To have applied rigorous research approaches to investigating the research question and used 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 demonstrate creative and innovative thinking in at least one aspect of research project work.

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
4. Develop and apply understanding of ethical considerations in research planning.
5. Develop and demonstrate the ability to effectively share research outcomes with an relevant audience.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion131:0031:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Group supervision (facilitated).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1150:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00Individual supervision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Briefings provide advice on the approaches required to undertake research project work. Individual Supervision
ascertains progress, provides formative feedback and feed forward, and facilitates problem solving and supported
independent learning. (Facilitated) Group Supervision provides spare to knowledge share, problem solve, articulate thinking, and gain peer feedback and support.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A100Research proposal, the project output itself, and a reflection. In total, this will be equivalent to no more than 6,000 words max.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The student will identify their own research question and scope the project, and produce a research proposal in Semester 1. In Semester 2 students complete the project and produce an output which may vary in format; this is assessed in a double marking process. Students will then reflect formally on the competing their project and their learning; this will take the form of an assessed interview. 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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