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Unit information: Dissertation in 2016/17

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code PHEDM1002
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Johnson
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

The dissertation should demonstrate that the student understands how to: frame research questions, critique, draw upon and develop appropriate conceptual and theoretical approaches, develop and apply an appropriate research strategy (plan and complete primary data collection and/or identify appropriate secondary data sources), analyse data and draw conclusions that are integrated with wider academic debates.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, the student will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to frame suitable research questions.
  2. an understanding of the conceptual and theoretical concerns associated with their chosen topic.
  3. an understanding of, and ability to apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate their chosen topic.
  4. an ability to analyse data, draw conclusions which are integrated with wider academic debates.
  5. an aptitude to independently plan and carry out a sustained piece of research.

Teaching details

Students will be expected to submit their research proposal as a written proposal, after which they will be assigned a dissertation supervisor. Thereafter individual study will be supported by regular, negotiated academic supervision. A dissertation skills workshop including tips on project management and writing will be delivered to support student progress in their dissertation. Students must have an acceptable research ethics proposal approved by the research ethics committee before beginning their research.

Assessment Details

A dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words. The dissertation should demonstrate that the student understands how to: frame research questions, critique, draw upon and develop appropriate conceptual and theoretical approaches, develop and apply an appropriate research strategy (plan and complete primary data collection and/or identify appropriate secondary data sources), analyse data and draw conclusions that are integrated with wider academic debates.

Reading and References

To be negotiated with the supervisor.

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