Module Information

Module Identifier
ED33600
Module Title
Major dissertation
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Mary Healy (Senior Lecturer - Roehampton University)
  • Dr Martin Needham (Associate Head of Department - Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Dr Naureen Durrani (Senior Lecturer - University of Sussex)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 10 x 1 Hour Workshops
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  1 x 12000 word project   100%
Supplementary Assessment Dissertation 1 x 12000 word project  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. In this case, failed chapters within the work may be resubmitted.   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Undertake independent study.

Plan and present an extended investigation: aims; literature review; methods; analysis.

Demonstrate skills which are associated with library-based study: effective use of bibliographic searches; an ability to choose relevant sources; a sound knowledge and understanding of sources; critical interpretation of sources; an ability to synthesise sources; an ability to present coherent argument.

Demonstrate research skills in a small-scale investigation; an appropriate method of data collection; an appropriate method of data analysis; an awareness of ethical and legal issues in data collection; to apply the results of the analysis to the aims of the dissertation.

Brief description

This module provides students with an opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choice, in consultation with members of staff. It involves independent study under the guidance of a member of staff. It necessitates wide reading, leading to an extended essay. It requires library-based study and typically involves small-scale empirical investigation. Prior approval for joint honours students from the Director of Undergraduate Studies is needed before pre-registering and registering on this module.

Aims

Undertake independent study.
Plan and present an extended investigation: aims; literature review; methods; analysis.
Demonstrate skills which are associated with librarybased study: effective use of bibliographic searches; an ability to choose relevant sources; a sound knowledge and understanding of sources; critical interpretation of sources; an ability to synthesise sources; an ability to present coherent argument.
Demonstrate research skills in a small-scale investigation: an appropriate method of data collection; an appropriate method of data analysis; an awareness of ethical and legal issues in data collection; to apply the results of the analysis to the aims of the dissertation.

Content

Sessions may be a combination of lectures, seminars or workshops and will include the following topics:
5 x 2 hour sessions designed to equip students with the relevant study/research skills for the Dissertation. These lectures will address: library resources, research skills, structure and ethics.
7 x 1 hour workshops in groups of 10-12 students. These sessions will involve group work activities with the tutor circulating each group to give guidance and advice.
4 x 0.5 hours individual progress meetings with supervisor (tutorials).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Statistical reports will be considered and data to support arguments will be analysed.
Communication Written communication throughout written assessments and oral communication with research participants.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during tutorial meetings. Also, through independent planning, managing time and researching.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed. Use of data-analysis software often used.
Personal Development and Career planning Research into a sector of childhood / education and international development field. Research involves time management,self-responsibility and self-reflection. Undertaking a dissertation helps to prepare students for postgraduate study.
Problem solving This is an essential element in the process of critical assessment. Furthermore, students will encounter various problems when undertaking a small-scale project that will need to be overcome.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessment as students are required to plan, undertake and write up a small-scale investigation.
Subject Specific Skills Evaluation of theoretical concepts in the field of education and international development.
Team work Collating data often requires team work. Workshop sessions will involve team activities.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6