|Assessment length / details
|14,000-15,000 word dissertation
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
The learning outcomes are fourfold: first, the student will develop an expertise in their specialist area of study; second, the student will develop their analytical capacities; third, the student will develop their ability to express their ideas on paper; and fourth, the student will develop their research skills.
The aim of the Dissertation is to assess a student's ability to analyse a large body of material, organise it, and write it up in a manner that sustains a persuasive argument. The requirement is not to produce original work; it is to write a piece of research that demonstrates a strong capacity for independent thought. Students are allocated a member of staff as their advisor who provides guidance on the structure and argument of the thesis.
The contents of the Dissertation will be different for each student. Students propose a topic for their Dissertation and this is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. To pass, a Dissertation must meet its objectives which should be set out at the beginning; sustain a coherent and well-developed argument; and be presented in a scholarly manner.
- Setting of achievable goals with respect to the choice of subject
- Research skills in collecting secondary literature and, in some cases, primary sources, in relation to the particular subject chosen.
- IT skills in the use of information technology during the process of research (especially internet-based research) and the use of word-processing in the course of writing the dissertation
- Time management skills in the establishment of a research and writing plan and in the subsequent competition of the dissertation by a fixed deadline
- Analytical skills in the construction of the argument and the development of an analytical framework
- Academic writing skills in the writing of the dissertation, including the compliance with regard to formal aspects of academic writing such as footnoting, referencing and the compilation of a bibliography.
This module is at CQFW Level 7