Dissertation (RLM / RE)
- Module code
- Module leader
- Will Manley
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 240 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 15 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1 and 2
Students will be guided in the research enquiry process through a series of workshops in June (Level 5) and in the autumn and spring terms (Level 6). After submission of an initial research proposal and interview, a dissertation supervisor agreed with the module leader will provide individual support.
Students will undertake the following:
- Preparation of one page research proposal. Approval is required in order to progress.
- An appropriate research enquiry.
- Preparation of a fully referenced dissertation using a format acceptable to the University and taking account of the University (RLM / RE 2017-2018 version)
- Dissertation Guidance.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Appraise the work of others and cite appropriate references correctly using the Harvard system.
- Prepare a detailed research proposal including appropriate methods to obtain, interpret and present data.
- Undertake a research project.
- Write a clear and concise account of their enquiry.
|Coursework||Research proposal (1000 -1500 words and oral presentation)||10%|
|Coursework||Dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words)||90%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Bell, J. (1999). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Open University Press.
- Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. (2002). A Student’s Guide to Methodology: Justifying Enquiry. Sage Publications.
- Denscombe, M. (2010). The good research guide for small-scale social research projects. 4th edition. Open University Press.
- Luck, M. (1999). Your Student Research Project. Gower.
- Parsons and Knight (1995). How to do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines. Chapman and Hall.
- Royal Agricultural University. Harvard referencing guide (online).
- Rudestam, K.E. (2001). Surviving Your Dissertation. (2nd edition). Sage Publications.
- Walliman, N. (2001). Your Research Project: A Step by Step Guide for the First Time Researcher. Sage Publications.
- In addition, there is a useful interactive resource developed by the University of Reading for students engaging in research: http://www.engageinresearch.ac.uk/