The aim of a dissertation is to provide a critical review of a specific topic.
The area of dissertation work will depend on the supervisor. Supervisors will offer dissertation work in broad areas related to their research interests. Students will be allocated to supervisors on the basis of student preference and overall performance in Level 1 and Level 2 (semester 1) examinations. Once allocated to a supervisor, the exact nature of dissertation work will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.
Delivery Method: Discussion sessions with the supervisor.
Student Contact Hours: Meetings with supervisor at least once a fortnight. As an overall guide, the total amount of time that should be spent on a dissertation, including searching-out information, reading, thinking, writing and discussions with the supervisor should be about 180 hours.
Assessment Method: Dissertation
Assessment Weighting: 100% Dissertation
JISC Submission: Dissertation
FEEDBACK: The student will meet with their supervisor at 2 week intervals. It is the student’s responsibility to range these meetings and set the agenda for them. The student will receive feedback on their ideas (in writing for written work and verbally for discussions in meetings). It is particularly important that students develop a structure for the dissertation early in the semester and receive feedback on this. Students are encouraged to submit sections of their dissertations for feedback at regular intervals. Supervisors will provide written feedback on sections and discuss how the work could be improved. To ensure that all students receive feedback in a timely manner, all work must be submitted for feedback purposes no later than Monday 9th May 2016. This is a final cut-off date but it is not a one-off event and students are encouraged to seek feedback at every opportunity.
Students will be able to see their marked dissertations after the examination period.