Dissertation (ARCM004)

StaffDr Marisa Lazzari - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitessatisfactory progress in taught modules
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To pursue an individual programme of research applying appropriate principles and methodologies to a case-study approved by the relevant programme director. Students taking named Masters courses (e.g. Experimental Archaeology) must choose a topic within the relevant field. Students taking the MA in Archaeology must choose a topic satisfactory to the programme director.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. To demonstrate self-direction in the collating of information from disparate archaeological sources
  • 2. Demonstrate a practical understanding of established techniques and archaeological methodologies
  • 3. Analyse and integrate primary and published data, and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses and conclusions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. To assimilate and critically analyse published/unpublished and field data
  • 5. present a clearly structured, well written and appropriately illustrated dissertation

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. To research a topic as an independent individual
  • 7. adhere to deadlines

Syllabus plan

Spring Term: one session introducing the requirements and scope of the dissertation, and one tutorial or online discussion session discussing an outline proposal

Summer Term and Vacation (times dependent on availability of supervisors during the summer): three tutorials giving specific advice on research topic and monitoring progress.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities6Introductory group seminar and tutorial to support the initiation of the project during the Spring Term. Three tutorials to support the pursuit of the project during the Summer Term and Vacation OR (for Distance Learning students) Online group discussion session with Course leader and one online discussion session with the supervisor during the Spring Term; not less than 3 individual discussion sessions with dissertation supervisor during the Summer Term and Vacation. These will be by online methods, email or phone
Guided independent study594independent study researching and preparing for dissertation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research designallverbal
Initial bibliographyallverbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation10020,000 wordsallwritten feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertation 20,000 wordsAllRefer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Baxter, L., Hughes, C. & Tight, M. 1996: How to research. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Bell, J. 1993: Doing your research project. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Creswell, J.W. 1994: Research design: qualitative and quantitative methods. London: Sage.

Flick, U. 1998: An introduction to qualitative research. London: Sage.

O'Connor, M. & Woodford, F.P. 1975: Writing scientific papers in English. Oxford: Association of Scientific Publishers.

Parsons, T. & Knight, P.G. 1995: How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines. London: Chapman & Hall.

Rudestam, K.E. & Newton, R.R. 1992: Surviving your dissertation. London: Sage

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Last revision date

May 2012

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