HM6000: The Dissertation

HM6000: The Dissertation

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

Module Title The Dissertation
Module Code HM6000
Module Tutor Hilary Weeks
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The dissertation is a piece of work independently conceived and produced by the student. It has a maximum length of 10,000 words and should engage with a topic approved by teaching staff in the student's subject group. It is also possible to engage in an inter-disciplinary project.

Indicative Syllabus

Once the topic is agreed during the semester prior to the start of the module, students can expect up to 7.5 hours of supervision throughout the course of the dissertation. This will be a combination of individual and small group tutorials and lecture/workshop sessions to support generic issues of identifying suitable resources, referencing and presentation. The nature of the supervision will vary according to the kind of project undertaken, students should expect to see their tutors regularly, to provide material in draft and to make use of feedback. Although supervisors will often give advice on reading, the responsibility for drawing up the bibliography rests with the student.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive and thoughtful awareness of study in their subject/subjects in the Humanities;
  2. demonstrate the use of approaches and methodologies in keeping with their subject knowledge and experience;
  3. engage critically with ideas and concepts encountered during their programme of study;
  4. demonstrate a scholarly and reflective use of sources in a rigorous way;
  5. work independently and make use of tutorial advice;
  6. handle complex and contradictory arguments in a sustained way.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 15
Independent Learning Hours: 285
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 0% Assignment: Individual: 0% Poster presentation
002: 100% Dissertation / Major Project: Standard written 9000 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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