|| IP37720 |
|| DISSERTATION (SEMESTER ONE) |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Dr Alistair J K Shepherd |
|| Semester 1 |
|| IP36820 |
|| IP36720 |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Dissertation: The Dissertation is 8,000 to 10,000 words in length including footnotes/endnotes and excluding bibliography ||100%|
|Supplementary Exam|| Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|| |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
The learning outcomes of the dissertation are that the student must complete the dissertation by the assigned deadline and to the assigned word-limit. In the process, students will have learned to set themselves a specific question, make effective use of the limited number of sessions with their assigned advisors, conduct independent research, structure the argument and the empirical material presented effectively and complete the writing of the dissertation in compliance with the substantive as well as formal requirements expected from an undergraduate dissertation.
Students are normally required to take the module IP36720 and complete the dissertation in semester two of their final year.
However, for those students who are unable to take the dissertation in the final semester (due to students on exchange programmes, starting Part Two in the second semester or for other reasons) the dissertation module is available during semester one of the final year. Students must get special agreement from the Department to take their dissertation during the first semester of their final year.
The dissertation is an important element of the Department's undergraduate programme. It provides the opportunity for final year students to study a specific topic related to their degree scheme in some detail. It is also designed to allow students to demonstrate their initiative, their ability to work independently and their ability to construct a coherent argument over some length.
The module requires students to apply skills acquired and developed in modules previously taken, in particular IP36820, towards the writing of a dissertation. The module tests the ability of students to do some independent research, with some advise provided by an assigned member of staff, to develop a particular question, structure the argument and conduct an analysis of the question. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their substantive knowledge in the subject area chosen as well as their research, writing and analytical skills in completing a written assignment of substantial length (8-10,000 words).
The content of the dissertation module is different for each student. Students propose a topic for their dissertation and then agree a final title with the advisor assigned to them. They are expected to provide a well-structured, clearly written dissertation providing an analysis of the chosen question.
The dissertation module expects students to apply and further develop the following skills:
- the 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 (esp. internet-based research) and the use of word-processing in the course of writing of 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
10 ECTS Credits
This module is at CQFW Level 6