Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

HSS8003 : Dissertation Preparation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To familiarise students with the exercise of writing an M Level dissertation.
To demonstrate the requirements dissertation, exploring styles and the literature review.
To show students how to make use of a theoretical framework, and an appropriate methodology.
To show how to apply theory and methods in practice.
To enable students to develop, plan and manage a research strategy.
To help students to practice project management.

Outline Of Syllabus

Session 1: Academic Styles and Literature Review.
Session 2: Theory into Practice.
Session 3: Field Work at Home and Abroad.
Session 4: Completing Project Outline Forms.
Session 4: Topics - sharing of Project Outline plans for dissertation topic in small groups.
Session 5: Topics and testing – for symmetry in topic of question, methods and theory, plus practicality.
Session 6: Planning Your Proposal – project management.
Session 7: Individual Advice and Guidance sessions in small groups.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Group Learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study184:0084:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminars provide guidance and a chance to question and share ideas. The seminars are used to build personal capacity develop a dissertation proposal with advice both in groups and from a generalist and specialist tutors. The assessment is a in the form of brief outline and plan for the dissertation proposed by the student followed by a considered proposal. This will test their capacity to organise their dissertation plan.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,500 word Dissertation Proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is a in the form of a mock outline and plan for the dissertation proposed by the student. This will test their capacity to organise and support their dissertation plan.

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