ES6001: Dissertation

ES6001: Dissertation

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

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code ES6001
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module provides opportunity for students to undertake a small scale piece of research into an aspect of education that is of interest to them either through an empirical study or a desk-based one.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will include the following:


Choosing a field, area and focus of study and devising research questions

Writing of research proposals

Paradigms, approaches and methods

Literature searches and literature reviews

Methods of gathering and analysing data

Presentation and interpretation of data

Structuring and presenting a report

Critical review of research

Ethics within research

Desk based research

Learning Outcomes

A student passing the module should be able to:


1  select a relevant topic for research and produce a suitable focus, questions and proposal based on appropriate methodology

2  undertake a literature review and synthesise and present findings in a clear and logical way

3  gather relevant data/information from relevant primary, secondary or desk based sources in an ethical manner and present it with clarity

4  analyse, interpret and discuss findings with reference to existing literature and research

5  manage own time, work independently and exercise informed judgements

6  present a finished piece of work of high quality following appropriate academic conventions

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 270
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Dissertation / Major Project: 8,000 to 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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