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ARA8099 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eric Tourigny
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aims of this module are:

•To undertake an independent piece of research under supervision in a key area of students' taught master programme.
•To gain advance skills in written presentation of research ideas.
•To provide in depth research in one area which may be developed in further postgraduate study or in a professional working environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students, in consultation with the DPD for their taught Master Programme, will choose a specific area of research relating to key aspects and issues within the field of the taught Master Programme. Supervision is provided by an appropriate member of staff in the School with research interests and detailed knowledge of the chosen subject. Tutorials with this member of staff will allow students to exchange, discuss and develop their ideas within an academic environment providing them with guidance and confidence to produce high qualtiy research.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion2901:00290:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1501:00150:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1501:00150:0025% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation requires careful planning, time-management and interaction with a supervisor in tutorial sessions. It will test the ability to produce a well-structured and formatted piece of work with clear aims and objectives. It will examine a student's ability to produce independent research of an advanced standard and write a professional and high quality piece of written work worthy of higher degree level research. The dissertation enables students to experience writing extended peices of research and report writing suitable for training for further postgraduate study or working in a professional environment.

Extended research through private study will provide students with experience of producing high quality research independently preparing them for further postgraduate study or work in a professional environment.

Tutorials with a member of staff with direct research interests in the field of study covered by the dissertation provides students an opportunity to exchange, discuss and develop their ideas within an academic environment, giving them guidance and confidence to produce high qualtiy research.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3A10015,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation assesses students' knowledge and understanding of their chosen area of research and of the issues involved in it; their ability independently to apply skills of analysis and interpretative tools; and their skills of initiative, planning, organisation and adaptability in selecting and defining an appropriate topic, assembling relevant evidence and secondary material, outlining the approach to be taken, and organising a schedule for completing the various stages of the project. It also assesses their skills in written communication. Its completion is preceded by a submitted proposal for which students received written feedback in ARA8290.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.

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