NS7112: Dissertation

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NS7112: Dissertation

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code NS7112
Module Tutor David Biggs
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The Dissertation is a sustained and intensive investigation of one topic relevant to the course and the student’s interests.  A scholarly document of up to 12000 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 dissertation 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: 12000 words(Dissertation)
Special Assessment Requirements

All elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module

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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