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HSS8003 : Dissertation Preparation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Nicholas Gardiner
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Jen Tarr
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To support students in writing Masters level dissertations
To enable students to develop, plan and manage their research strategy
To demonstrate the requirements of a Masters level dissertation
To demonstrate the appropriate use of data and findings, including triangulation and building a substantiated argument
To highlight the importance of language in the writing up process
To explore approaches to presentation and the use of graphics

Outline Of Syllabus

Requirements of a Masters level dissertation
Building a literature review
Clarifying the research topic, problem, questions
Building a substantiated argument
Writing styles and presentation
Using graphics, images etc
Approaches to managing writing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study100:305:00exercises in preparation for each workshop
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce students to key concepts and issues in writing a dissertation. Structured writing activities will be undertaken in preparation for the workshops, building toward a portfolio for assessment. In workshops, students will work together on writing exercises and learn to critique their own and others' work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100A 1500-2000 word portfolio of writing activities
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment will build a portfolio of writing activities to assess the students' ability to write a masters level dissertation. Aspects such as research design, use of diverse sources, written presentation skills, and appropriate use of language will be assessed.

Reading Lists