- Module code
- Module leader
- Laurence Smith
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 450 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 10 hours
- Teaching period
This module will enable the student to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review. Students should note that module M0 is a prerequisite for this module.
The student will also need to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and self-manage the planning and implementing a research project that integrates the knowledge and skills acquired during previous studies. The methodologies used will be the most appropriate approach (e.g. quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods) for the chosen research question.
The dissertation project will be based on a critical analysis of the study area (including previous studies, the context and theoretical framework underpinning the topic). This will be written up in suitable thesis format including definition of the research question, literature review, methodologies used, result analysed and reported and discussion of the conclusions.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Undertake a critical review of the relevant literature that is relevant to the research question. Identify and critically evaluate appropriate areas of further investigation.
- Identify a relevant research question and the methodologies that are necessary to implement the proposed investigation
- Work independently on developing the research dissertation, deploying problem-solving techniques to address the study question, that makes use of the knowledge gained through the programme
|First Sit||Coursework: Dissertation (15,000 words)||100%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Coursework: Dissertation (15,000 words)||100%|
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- Cresswell, J.W. (2018) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. 4th Ed. Sage Publications.
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