MASTERS DISSERTATION - 2021/2
Module code: SOCM035
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The dissertation is an extended piece of writing (10,000-15,000 words) which allows the student to work on a topic independently in depth, with appropriate guidance from a supervisor. It enables students to use the social research methodologies developed during the taught programme to explore a sociological topic of particular interest and to synthesise the skills and knowledge which they have acquired.
SETTY Emily (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: L300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
A pass in the PG Diploma assessments with a 50% or higher mark.
- Dissertation Workshop at residential Conference, week 7 Semester 1
The dissertation is a piece of research on a well-specified question relating to an academic area covered by the programme.
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The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to formulate research questions, design a research project using appropriate methods, carry out independent analysis and finally to present a well- structured and competent dissertation.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 10,000-15,000 word Dissertation
Formative assessment and feedback
- All full-time and Year 2 part-time students should submit a short statement of their proposed research topic in in Week 6 Semester 1 for full-time students and Week 15, Semester 2 for part-time students.
- All full-time and Year 2 part-time students should submit a written dissertation research proposal of 2-3 pages by week 1 of Semester 2 for full-time students and by week 6, semester 3 for part-time students.
Supervisors will give formative feedback on drafts of chapters of the dissertation and discuss progress with students during supervision meetings.
- Critically identify, define and conceptualise an appropriate topic for research within the social sciences.
- Undertake a systematic review and analysis of relevant and appropriate primary and secondary sources.
- Execute a defined research project using appropriate research methodologies and techniques of enquiry.
- Critically evaluate, analyse and present research findings.
|1||Critical awareness of contemporary debates in the study of one or more particular areas of sociology||K|
|2||In-depth understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives||K|
|3||Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of sociology||K|
|4||The demonstration of a critical knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the theory and the practice of research with in the social sciences.||K|
|5||Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources||C|
|6||Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats||C|
|7||Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively||C|
|8||Make sound judgements on basis of incomplete evidence||C|
|9||Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence||C|
|10||Construct reasoned argument||C|
|11||Apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis||C|
|12||The critical evaluation and analysis of complex and contested ideas and concepts within the social sciences.||C|
|13||The critical review of knowledge, understanding skills and practice within social science research.||C|
|14||Judging, evaluating and synthesising contested concepts and data in the production of cogent argument.||C|
|15||Demonstrate competencies in library-based information search and retrieval skills.||P|
|16||Form effective arguments||P|
|17||Organise workload to meet deadlines||P|
|18||Formulate research questions||P|
|19||Design and conduct a research project, selecting appropriate methods of data collection and analysis||P|
|20||Present research findings in writing||P|
|21||The communication and interpretation of quantitative and/or qualitative data in the production of a written thesis.||P|
|22||The development in key skills relating to the use and application of research software.||P|
|23||The development of digital literacy in the use of online research engines and tools.||P|
|24||Communicate and present ideas effectively||T|
|26||Organise and plan own work||T|
|27||Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving||T|
|28||Deploy a range of relevant research skills||T|
|29||Make decisions in complex situations||T|
|30||Take responsibility for own learning||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 590
Tutorial Hours: 10
Methods of Teaching / Learning
By individual consultation and discussion as well as independent research. See also Dissertation Guidelines in the Programme Handbook for detailed guidance on scholarly conventions and procedures for writing the dissertation.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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