MODULE DESCRIPTION 2018-19

ACADEMIC YEAR

60 CREDITS

AAP6157 DISSERTATION
CO-ORDINATOR: PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
OTHER TUTORS: ANY DESIGNATED SUPERVISOR

MODULE OUTLINE

This module requires students to plan, execute and write up an original research project. This dissertation project is chosen with, and approved by, the designated supervisor, who may or may not be the programme director. Dissertation topics must be based on original research and on the students' own ideas: they must be worthwhile, affordable, manageable within time limits, capable of supervision within the Department and related to the subject matter on the appropriate Masters.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • provide training and experience in the execution and reporting of original archaeology research
  • provide an understanding in the use and citation or written and electronic sources of information
  • where appropriate, provide experience in handling archaeological data from field and/or
  • laboratory and/or museum
  • enable the student to apply research skills, acquired in the other modules of this course, to an
    original research problem in their chosen field

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • competence in the analysis, synthesis and presentation of archaeological data
  • an ability to present original research, which is relevant to the course they attended
  • critical evaluation, productive use and accurate citation of written and electronic sources of information (where appropriate)
  • an ability to handle of archaeological data from field, laboratory and/or museum study
  • an ability to design, execute and write up an original piece of research on a defined topic within
    the field of study covered by the course
  • an ability to conduct independent research

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

  • Identify research topic, question, supervisor; plan and present dissertation outline
  • receive feedback on dissertation outline
  • Submit sample chapter and receive feedback


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Ability to formulate, plan and undertake original research
  • Ability to synthesise and summarise substantial amounts of data
  • Ability to produce extended argument in written form
  • Ability to document and illustrate written argument
  • Planning and organisation of a large project
  • ability to analyse evidence and literature critically

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Tutorials 4
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 596

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Dissertation 100% 15000 words







This module is exempt from the expectation set out in General Regulations relating to intellectual property which states, “A student undertaking undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes of study shall be the owner of the Student Intellectual Property created by that student”. If a student works on a project designed by or in collaboration with, or on data generated by or in collaboration with, a member of staff or a third party, a written agreement on ownership of intellectual property must be signed and lodged with the Department. Otherwise, any intellectual property generated will be owned by the student.”