POL8099 : Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Ms Adrienne de Ruiter
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||60|
This module aims to:
• enable students to undertake an in-depth study of a topic within the area of their MA degree
• provide students with the opportunity to engage in a major research exercise that, in scope and scale, significantly exceeds that of their coursework papers
• give students experience of selecting and applying intellectual frameworks, undertaking original research and presenting their results in a scholarly fashion
• develop skills such as written communication, planning and initiative
Outline Of Syllabus
The DPD will allocate an appropriate dissertation supervisor and approve choice of topic.
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||596:00||596:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||2||2:00||4:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Students will have the support of a supervisor to help them design the project and to be available to offer advice whilst the work is completed.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research proposal||2||M||15||2,500 word Dissertation Proposal|
|Dissertation||3||M||85||12,000 word Dissertation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The proposal encompasses a clear statement of a relevant research topic or question; a brief review of the literature to indicate the contribution this research will make; a research design including a description of the methods to be used in gathering and analysing information; and a proposed chapter outline and timeline. This proposal is linked to the knowledge outcomes with regard to signalling a sufficient knowledge of the field to be able to identify the contribution the reserach will make as well as a sufficient knowledge of the appropriate theoretical, methodological and disciplinary questions. The proposal also prepares the students to begin to develop the skills described here, particularly their ability to find information using effective research techniques. The dissertation itself is an extended report of the research and findings and thus must demonstrate noit only the ability to employ effectice research techniques and also to draft and edit a lengthy report, but also elaborate a theoretically and methodologically informed argument that demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge of the topic of the dissertation.