In this module, students draw on knowledge and skills developed at levels 4 and 5 plus a series of dissertation /project workshops at the start of their level 6 studies. They are guided through the research enquiry process by working with an allocated supervisor to produce a dissertation or project located within the subject area of their named award. The dissertation may be a conceptual piece or may be based on the analysis of existing or new data sets. The students are required to produce an acceptable, detailed research proposal, a completed research ethics form and a health and safety statement before progressing to the main stages of their study. Detailed guidance on the requirements of the dissertation/project, teaching content, assessment briefs will be provided on the 3300 Gateway page under the relevant content tab.
Students must adopt an appropriate research methodology and undertake appropriate research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods in order to address their research aim(s) and objectives and critically investigate the research subject. As part of the dissertation/project they should attend and give a short presentation to a progress seminar of supervisors and peers in which evidence is provided to show progress made in data gathering and report generation. As the main output of this module students must produce a fully referenced dissertation/project report, or equivalent, that meets the University’s requirements for undergraduate dissertations.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Develop a detailed research proposal that presents a well-developed research aim(s) supported by clear research objectives
- Identify and respond to ethical considerations and limitations relating to the dissertation/project.
- Determine and apply appropriate methods to gather, process, present and interpret research data.
- Critically review and synthesise the work of others in the field of inquiry and discuss these in the context of the results analysed within this study.
- Critically evaluate the conduct and outcomes of the research and develop conclusions and recommendations that are reliable and well-supported by the research undertaken.
|Coursework||5-10 minute presentation to a progress seminar||10%|
|Coursework||Dissertation / report (12,000 words) or equivalent||90%|
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