APS 331 Dissertation

Level 3
Semester 1
Credits 20
Pre/Co Requisites -
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Each student will be allocated a supervisor
Co-ordinator Dr Fiona Hunter


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 arrange 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. 

Students will be able to see their marked dissertations after the examination period.

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