60 credits at level HE7
The dissertation offers course members the opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation of an educational topic or issue that is of particular interest and relevance to their professional work and development. Selection of research methodology and topic is a matter for discussion and negotiation between course members and their supervisors. The dissertation represents a major piece of extended reflection, research and writing, and an essential feature of the process involves course members, with the support and guidance of supervisors, taking responsibility for the outline, development and final construction of the research thesis against the background of module guidelines and criteria.
The chosen topic must meet the following criteria:
It must be within the field of education.
It must be such as to contribute to the course memberís professional development as an educationalist.
There must exist a sufficient body of published academic works accessible to the course member for the in-depth pursuit of the topic to be feasible.
It follows that the choice of topic is wide and accordingly care needs to be taken with this choice.
Course members who register for the dissertation will be assigned an appropriate supervisor. The proposed topic, in the form of a title for the dissertation, must be agreed with the supervisor who will inform the Scheme Manager of the exact title in writing.
The Scheme Manager will inform the External Examiner (or Chief External Examiner where there is more than one External Examiner) of titles. Account will be taken of the External Examiner's advice.
Course members should consult with their supervisor at regular intervals for advice and guidance, although the precise arrangements are to be to the mutual satisfaction of both parties.
No break of contact between supervisor and course member should exceed one month.
Two* soft bound copies must be provided by the submission date followed by two* hard bound copies following the examination board.
The Dissertation must be formally submitted to the Scheme Manager as two* bound copies within the period of registration for the Award.
Module Assessment Methods and Weightings
The dissertation will be in the region of 20,000 words in length. Once the completed dissertation has been assessed by the supervising tutor it will be made available to the External Examiner.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||a submission of a provisional title and brief outline of the probable nature and structure of the study (1000 words)||A suitable initial submission, agreed through appropriate discussion and negotiation between course members and supervisors, will be produced|
|2.||an initial draft submission which incorporates the dissertation structure, sectional headings, chosen methodology, initial literature research and indicative bibliography (2000 words)||The submission will outline the nature, scope, and methodology of the study and incorporate realistic, systematic and coherent objectives.|
|3.||Planned and undertaken appropriate further study, research, and development work, as necessary in pursuit of the objectives.||The ongoing project will include the progressive utilisation of relevant literature and research data for inclusion in the completed dissertation|
|4.||1. Undertake critical analysis and evaluation of relevant theoretical views and empirical work within the chosen area of study.
2. Carry out research and development work as required.
3. Document their study and findings in the form of a dissertation
|Submission of a completed dissertation of 20,000 words which indicates the achievement of the research objectives supported by data and relevant bibliography, and demonstrates a sound understanding of the research topic and the ethical issues involved in the research process. Where students have conducted empirical research for the dissertation, the methodology used must be reported and justified. Two* soft bound copies must be provided by the submission date followed by two* hard bound copies following the examination board.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Course members will need access to up-to-date and extensive literature related to their area of study.
Readership rights at an appropriate library (e.g. a university library or equivalent) will be essential.
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