NS7111: Dissertation


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NS7111: Dissertation

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code NS7111
Module Tutor Claire L Marsh
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The Forensic Psychology research project/Dissertation is a sustained and intensive investigation of one topic relevant to the course and the students interests.  A scholarly document in the form of a journal article of up to 8000 words is presented in accordance with academic conventions, demonstrating achievement of high level cognitive and intellectual skills.   A poster presentation to a postgraduate conference demonstrates skills of delivering complex material to a broader audience, both academic and professional.

Indicative Syllabus

The content of the journal article will vary according to the individual interests of the student and will be based upon a proposal approved via a formal process. 

The dissertation will have clear objectives, deploy appropriate methodologies in pursuit of those objectives, and draw conclusions which are set within the context of existing knowledge and theoretical frameworks in the field. 

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1.      Demonstrate mastery of a chosen subject area, including a familiarity with existing knowledge within the field, and  a critical understanding of theoretical perspectives;

2.      Formulate research questions which address gaps in understanding and challenges for achieving sustainability in real-world settings; 

3.      Choose, justify, conduct and evaluate methods for investigating a topic including data collection and analysis, with due regard for ethical and professional standards;

       4.    Present findings in registers appropriate both for scholarly publication, and for broader audiences including professional or commercial clients.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 10
Independent Learning Hours: 590
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 0% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words(Ethical approval proforma)
002: 20% Coursework: Individual, presentation and paperwork: 2500 words(Poster presentation)
003: 80% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 8000 words(Journal article)
Special Assessment Requirements None
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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