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Unit information: Dissertation in 2018/19

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code CEASM0015
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Reverend. Martin Gainsborough
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

The application of learning to an issue in East Asian Development and the Global Economy is a key element of the MSc. The project, which may be either organisation-based or research-based, aims to identify and systematically explore a significant issue. Project advice and information are provided in the research methods course and in dissertation workshops. Following the submission of a project proposal, participants develop their proposals and meet with their academic supervisors and, if appropriate, their organisation sponsors. Between April and September, participants dedicate their time to the project, which is submitted in the form of a dissertation, not exceeding 15.000 words in mid-September.

The dissertation aims, in a major piece of independent work, to give students an opportunity to:

  • apply the substantive learning which have acquired from the taught units to an issue they have identified in the area of East Asian Development and the Global Economy
  • demonstrate an understanding of the whole research process, including the main stages, techniques and processes of a major research project
  • demonstrate the acquisition of a range of research skills
  • express and communicate written ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • structure a major piece of academic writing in a coherent, logical and structured way
  • weigh up evidence, draw and justify conclusions, answer research questions and present appropriate recommendations which balance descriptive, analytical and independent thought elements
  • demonstrate skills of project management including such transferable skills as: the ability to work independently, to manage time, to work to deadlines, to produce a high quality dissertation to professional standards.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the dissertation students will have learned to:

  • apply the substantive learning which have acquired from the taught units to an issue they have identified in the area of East Asian Development and the Global Economy
  • apply their research skills to a project which they have identified
  • manage a research project
  • express and communicate written ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • structure a major piece of academic writing in a coherent, logical and structured way
  • weigh up evidence, draw and justify conclusions, answer research questions and present appropriate recommendations which balance descriptive, analytical and independent thought elements
  • demonstrate skills of project management including such transferable skills as: the ability to work independently, to manage time, to work to deadlines, to produce a high quality dissertation to professional standards.

Teaching details

Initial workshop followed by individual supervision.

Assessment Details

10,000- 15,000 Dissertation that reflects the learning outcomes.

Reading and References

  • Swetnam, D. (2000) Writing Your Dissertation. Oxford, How To Books Ltd.
  • Cooley, L. & Lewkowicz, J (2003) Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text. Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press.
  • Hart, C. (1998) Doing A Literature Review. London, Sage.
  • White, B (2000) Dissertation Skills for Business and Management Students. London, Thomson Learning.
  • Bell, J. (1999) Doing Your Research Project. (3rd edition) Maidenhead, Open University Press.

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