0 credits at level HE7
This dissertation module of 120 credits is intended to generate an independent piece of academic work that meets the requirements of a dissertation as recognised and defined by the University of Bolton. It is also important to note that a Record Handbook, constituting a personal development plan (pdp) that is recognised at professional level, be undertaken and completed in parallel with the dissertation module. The Record Handbook is available as a separate document and is issued to the student at the commencement of the dissertation module. The Record Handbook always remains the responsibility of the student to complete and to possess..
The purpose of the 120 credit dissertation module is to enable the student to:
1) Identify and consider a current or anticipated issue or problem with a view to forming a credible academic hypothesis that has the potential to contribute knowledge that would assist in addressing such an issue or problem. Technically focused and/or industrially oriented topics are particularly encouraged for consideration by the student.
2) Develop skills relating to: literature review, tracing and evaluating research, understanding the progression of academic arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data interpretation (that on occasion may be incomplete), frame appropriate questions and make judgments in the relevant area of interest that could be used in pursuit of an appropriate solution/range of solutions and that might help to explore or contribute empirical or theoretical knowledge appertaining to an academic hypothesis. Use theory and practice where appropriate to reflect critically on each other.
3) Independently create, design, plan, execute, communicate and submit an innovative piece of work in the form of a dissertation that contributes to the formulation of an academic hypothesis.
4) Effectively report, communicate, present and explain a proposed academic hypothesis to audiences that may contain specialists and non-specialists.
Each dissertation will, by nature, be specific in content although it will, by necessity, conform to the expectations and requirements of a post graduate dissertation commensurate with 120 credits.
This module primarily addresses the requirements of a dissertation as recognised and defined by the University of Bolton and is intended to reflect academic endeavour at post graduate level and in accordance with the award of 120 credits for the module.
Some of the elements expected of the engineering profession that are also embraced by this module include:
1. Promotion and conformance of Health and Safety requirements,
2. Commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
3. Recognition of the wider obligations and considerations to society and the environment by the profession.
4. Demonstration of personal commitment to all relevant and appropriate professional standards and codes of conduct (both current and anticipatory) at local, regional, national and international levels.
5. Awareness of, and compliance, with all relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks.
In addition, this module addresses the development of the person as a professional by encouraging the:
Planning, organising, directing, controlling and leading of a work programme
Undertaking of research and, where appropriate, design and development,
Understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to the solution of problems
Application of creativity and innovation
Knowledge and understanding of relevant existing and emerging knowledge and technology
Management of resources such as time, material, equipment and expenditure/budgets,
Identification of relevant evaluation and implementation issues
Inculcation of a continuous improvement culture,
Development of interpersonal skills,
Consideration of sustainable development,
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify an appropriate issue or problem for academic analysis||Discuss and propose potential research topics|
|2.||Demonstrate familiarity with current and relevant literature in the topic area chosen and acquire an intellectual grasp of relevant ideas and concepts distilled from previous research, publications, experience and professional practice.||Conduct and record an extensive literature survey and review|
|3.||Adopt a critical and analytical approach to academic argument, theories and evidence||Draw informed inferences based on the analysis of evidence or data and, where appropriate, reflect on the relationships between theory and practice.|
|4.||Contribute to the formulation of an academic hypothesis and provide a concise summary of the planned scope and intended content of a proposed piece of research||Submit a research plan that provides the academic basis, justification and framework for subsequent academic research|
|5.||Design an appropriate research methodology to achieve the aims of the dissertation.||Design an investigation, generating genuine data for analysis and critical review that can be placed (where appropriate) within in a relevant academic and/or theoretical framework|
|6.||Undertake a substantial piece of independent and innovative research work that adopts a critical and analytical approach to theories and evidence in relation to the chosen topic.||Investigate and develop academic arguments and thus formulate an appropriate hypothesis contributing to the knowledge of the chosen research topic and that is formally submitted in the form of a dissertation.|
|7.||Communicate and articulate arguments and hypotheses to a post-graduate standard via written publication, oral presentation and a viva voce||
Produce and submit a dissertation as recognised and defined by the University of Bolton for postgraduate study.
Demonstrate clarity and coherence of arguments that are lucidly expressed in both written and oral formats
Plan and deliver seminar presentations that that are commensurate with post graduate study and that reflect the content of the dissertation
|8.||Demonstrate the ability to commit to a long-term academic study programme and employ effective time management and other appropriate research skills and techniques in setting and accomplishing objectives||
Plan and execute a research based dissertation within a given time restraint.
Set realistic and feasible objectives
Identify and prioritise tasks.
Generate and manage a time plan that facilitates the successful submission of a dissertation within the relevant submission timeframe.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Dissertation Plan - indicative upper limit of 2,000 words and appropriate record handbook entry||Dissertation - indicative upper limit of 25,000 words and appropriate record handbook entries||Viva Voce - clarification, investigation and validation of dissertation approach and content. Contemporaneous, appropriate and reflective Record Handbook entries should support the Viva|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
The following publications are provided as an indication. Students may also be aware or may discover other texts, publications material that also provides appropriate support. The course team would welcome any suggestions for inclusion on this list of any such support.
Adamson, A., (1990). A Students Guide for Assignments, Projects and Research, Arthur Adamson Publications, Louth, UK
Howard, K. and Sharp, J.A., (1983). The Management of a Student Research Project, Gower, Aldershot, UK
Orna, E, with Stevens, G, (1995), Managing Information for Research, Open University Press
Rogerson, S.,(1989). Project Skills Handbook, Chartwell-Bratt
White, B., (1991). Studying for Science, E.F. Spon, London
Turabian, K. L.,(1987). A manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Fifth Edition, The University of Chicago Press.
Clegg, F, (1982). Simple Statistics, Cambridge University Press.
Pentz, M. and M. Shott, (1988). Handling Experimental Data, Open University Press.
Bona, M., (1993). Statistical Methods for the Textile Industry, Chapter 20 An introduction to the Design of Experiments, Texilia, Biella, Italy.
Gowers, Sir Ernest, (1987) Revised by S. Greenbaum and J. Whitcut), Plain Words, Third Edition, Penguin Books.
Greenfield, T. (Ed), (2002). Research Methods for post-graduates, HodderArnold
Luck, M, (1999). Your Student Research Project, Gower
It is recommended that students also consider making use of relevant Dissertation guidance notes and/or handbooks available through the university. It should be noted that a student dissertation handbook is a valuable document. It acts a point of reference and can be used throughout the period of study. Issues often covered include: learning outcomes; an overview of dissertations; the roles of the student and the dissertation tutor; seminar/meeting arrangements; ethical guidelines; timetable and deadlines; regulations; prescriptive presentation requirements (including referencing guidelines); assessment criteria; definitions of cheating including plagiarism; useful sources and suggested reading; forms which need to be completed; time management; how to manage the process; writing a dissertation plan; generic guidance on research methods such as selecting the topic, writing objectives, the nature of a literature review or data analysis, the expected content of the different sections of the dissertation; past titles or comments from previous students and external examiners.
Specific texts, journals, e-journals and other publications relevant to the topics likely to be researched may also be identified through the Research Methods module and through the general course of dissertation supervision.
Students may also benefit from external sources located at employers, professional institutions, local authorities, government departments, publishers and other similar avenues. For example the Institute of Mechanical Engineers does have a vast library/collection available to student members.
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