CS6001: Work Based project/Dissertation


Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

CS6001: Work Based project/Dissertation

Module Title Work Based project/Dissertation
Module Code CS6001
Module Tutor Clare Harris
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The module aims: to provide a framework for students to specialise in an area of study and engage in small scale research project or literature review and critique that is relevant to their chosen pathway or career. The work should support students' career progression and promote inter-professional learning. The dissertation may vary in focus and purpose: the diversity of disciplinary traditions reflected amongst the sector has resulted in an inclusive approach to the styles of, and approaches to, dissertation that are acceptable. All approaches require the demonstration of advanced personal study on a negotiated topic, which has been approved by, and will be supervised by, a relevant course tutor. Students will develop a firm understanding of current research and developments within and between sectors using local, regional, national, European and other relevant international perspectives.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:


how to design, pilot and carry out an ethically acceptable research project in one area of their field of study, or to formulate a question relevant to their field of study that will be answered by a literature review;

how to conduct an empirical investigation, where there is an emphasis on primary data collection, interpretation, presentation, analysis and evaluation;

how to conduct a desk study, where there is an emphasis on a wide range of, and careful synthesis and critical evaluation of, the source material;

awareness of research findings from cognate areas in a context of multi-professional discussion.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:...


1. Clearly define and justify a research project or desk based study in relation to its applicability and importance within and between sectors;

2. Undertake a literature review of findings from primary and/or secondary data relevant to the project;

3. Establish a strategy for the collection and analysis of primary or secondary research findings for either primary or desk based research, whilst ensuring that, where appropriate, ethical practices are in line with the University's code of conduct and guidelines relevant to other professional bodies;

4. Undertake careful and creative analysis to explore, with peers from a range of discipline areas, the implications of their findings for current policy or practice and multi-professional working;

5. Articulate the role research plays in personal and professional development, and contributes to sustainable futures;

6. Present a finished piece of academic work demonstrating high quality undergraduate scholarship.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 270
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 8000-10,000 Words.
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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