Dissertation (EASM023)

StaffProfessor Helen Hanson - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 3: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The dissertation project is the culmination of the Master's programme. It requires students to conceive, plan, research and write-up an independent study of 20,000 words. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to test their learning, display their subject knowledge and methodological skills, and explore in detail a topic that interests them. Students are encouraged to begin to think about their dissertation in one of the introductory workshops at the beginning of their first term of study and to develop and submit an initial proposal by the end of term two (for part-time students, by the second term of the second year of studies). Once the initial proposal has been submitted, students are assigned to a supervisor with interests and knowledge appropriate to the chosen topic. Two Dissertation Workshops in term three provide guidance for students as they refine these plans and bring their research to completion; the first of these focuses on

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an advanced ability to formulate a research proposal and to plan and execute advanced research
  • 2. demonstrate an advanced ability to discuss and analyse literature and related cultural forms appropriate to their chosen area of enquiry
  • 3. demonstrate an advanced ability to critically evaluate current research in the discipline and in their chosen area of enquiry
  • 4. demonstrate an advanced ability to use a range of research techniques and methodologies appropriate to the discipline and to their chosen area of enquiry
  • 5. demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and to revise their own scholarly work in the light of feedback from the supervisor and peers
  • 6. demonstrate an ability to present their dissertation in accordance with the norms and conventions appropriate to the discipline.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse the literature and / or film of the chosen period, culture or form (as appropriate) and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical and / or cultural contexts.
  • 8. demonstrate an advanced and autonomous ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary and /or film texts.
  • 9. demonstrate an advanced and precise ability to work from the detail of literary and/or film texts, with a full appreciation of their formal aspects.
  • 10. demonstrate, where appropriate, an advanced ability to digest, select, and organise interdisciplinary material and to trace the development of debate across disciplinary boundaries. e) demonstrate, where appropriate, an ability to devise, research, and execute a programme of archival research.
  • 11. demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse film of different periods and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical context.
  • 12. demonstrate advanced and precise skills in the close formal, thematic, generic and authorial analysis of different kinds of films.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 13. through a Dissertation Workshop Presentation, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to articulate their views convincingly.
  • 14. through the Dissertation Proposal, Presentation and the Dissertation, demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills, an advanced and intellectually mature capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and to write clear and correct prose.
  • 15. through research for the Dissertation Proposal, Presentation and the Dissertation, demonstrate an advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis.
  • 16. through the Dissertation Proposal, Presentation and the Dissertation, demonstrate an advanced and intellectually mature capacity to question assumptions, to distinguish between fact and opinion, and to critically reflect on their own learning process.
  • 17. through the planning and organisation of large-scale research projects, demonstrate independence of thought and confidence in developing ideas and formulating questions.
  • 18. through the writing of large-scale research projects, demonstrate an ability to construct work of substantial length, detail, and some originality.

Syllabus plan

Workshops

Term 2: Beginning and Developing a Dissertation Topic (Workshop)

Pathway Specific Workshops – Developing and Refining a Dissertation Proposal

 

Term 3: Presenting your Dissertation TopicPresentations (Workshop).

 

Supervision

Students are also entitled to three one-hour supervision meetings with their dissertation supervisor and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the supervisor to arrange the meetings. The first meeting should take place early on in the process to discuss the student’s research to date as well as the scope and the content of the dissertation. In the second, the supervisor will give detailed feedback on the 2000 word dissertation proposal that students submit to their supervisor after the dissertation conference. The final supervision should be used to discuss the remaining sections of the dissertation and it should take place later on in the writing process, and in response to an extract of the dissertation (a maximum of 5,000 words).

 

Supervision can take place in meetings, on the phone or via skype. It is expected that the formal supervision process will be concluded by July, 31st. Since the dissertation is an independent study project, supervisors should not provide any substantial assistance after this date but they will be available to answer questions by email.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
65940

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled3Workshops
Scheduled3Supervisions to be arranged by student
Guided independent594Research, reading and preparation of dissertation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation 10-15 mins 1-4, 6, 13, 6Oral from staff and peers Formative (Pass/Fail)
Dissertation Proposal2000 words1-12, 14-16Formative written and oral feedback from supervisor
Dissertation Extract5000 words maximum1-18Formative written and oral feedback from supervisor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation 10015,000 words1-18Written feedback from supervisor
0
0
0
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertation1-18Referral/deferral period

Module has an active ELE page?

No

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Stephen Potter, Doing Postgraduate Research (Milton Keynes, U.K. ; Thousand Oaks, CA : Open University in association with SAGE Publications, 2006) – available as an e-book via the library catalogue.

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

02/02/2018

Key words search

Dissertation, research