NBS8039 : The ICE Dissertation

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To enable students to devise, conduct, analyse and report the results of a substantial research project. This will generally include empirical work (often via sustained engagement with an external organisation). The research project will always include a critical review of the relevant academic literature and will explore the methodological issues in the project area.

To allow students to demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the programme to a specific empirical or theoretical focus within an individual project or dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module does not entail class-based activity. The module leader manages the key activities of informing students about the dissertation process and the School’s research policies; allocating dissertation supervisors to students; and overseeing students’ dissertation journey.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1594:00594:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Meetings with supervisor are designed to support the student during the process. This interaction is likely to comprise meetings as part of a small group of dissertation students and others on an individual basis.
Private study recognises that the extended project offers the student the opportunity to practice managing a relatively major investigation independently and to synthesise and apply knowledge gained.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10012000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination3MOngoing feedback provided by supervisors face to face/by email
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the written evidence of the student's ability to plan, conduct and report an in-depth investigation concerned with the core themes of the ICE programme.

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