NS7111: Dissertation

NS7111: 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 NS7111
Module Tutor Francesco Pompedda
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The Forensic Psychology research Dissertation is a sustained and intensive empirical investigation of one forensic topic relevant to the programme and the student’s interests. The final report will be presented in accordance with academic convention and demonstrate achievement of high level cognitive and intellectual skills.

Indicative Syllabus

The  dissertation report will vary according to the individual interests of the student and will be based on a full proposal approved via a formal and ethical approval process. The dissertation report 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 of Forensic Psychology. 

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Prepare and conduct a significant piece of empirical or archival study that will be an original or critical exposition of existing knowledge within the field of forensic psychology.

2. Demonstrate mastery of a forensic subject area, including a familiarity with existing knowledge within the forensic field and a critical understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives.

3. Formulate appropriate research questions which address gaps in understanding in theoretical development and/or relevance to real-world settings.

4. Choose, justify and evaluate methods for the investigation of a topic, to the appropriate ethical and professional standards.

5. Demonstrate use of the appropriate methods and analyses, including computing skills, as appropriate.

6. Present findings in registers appropriate both for scholarly publication and for broader audiences.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 22
Independent Learning Hours: 578
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 002: 100% Dissertation / Major Project: 12000 words (Dissertation)
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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