Module titleDissertation
Module codeARA3106
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Eleanor Gao (Lecturer)

Dr Emily Selove (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The dissertation is a substantial individual research project, which provides you with the opportunity to engage in in-depth and sustained research on a subject of interest. You should choose your topic in consultation with a supervisor from the Institute.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This project aims to allow you to acquire knowledge of a particular subject, to benefit from one-to-one tuition from a specialist in the field, and to develop their research skills. These include the ability to collate, assess, analyse and order material from relevant types of sources, and the ability to communicate ideas, arguments and findings in academic prose.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Acquire knowledge of the issues which form the subject matter of the dissertation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 2. Acquire knowledge of relevant literature in the field.
  • 3. Collate, analyse and assess material from a range of sources, including primary sources (where relevant).
  • 4. Understand and use relevant terminology, and to handle different approaches in the field.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Develop the capacity to work independently and to organise your own time to produce a substantial piece of research to a deadline.
  • 6. Collate and critique material to produce a coherent, well-planned, well-presented and well-argued piece of academic research.

Syllabus plan

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 4 hoursTutorials with supervisor. These tutorials are meant, initially, to establish the viability of the planned research, and to provide advice on its focus and direction, and then to provide advice on different aspects of the ongoing work and to monitor the students' progress
Guided Independent study296 hoursPrivate study


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation proposal including bibliography 2 pages minimum1-6Written and verbal feedback
Final draft of dissertation to supervisor by end of Spring term). 10,000 words1-6Written and verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation10010,000 words1-6Written and verbal


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertation (10,000 words)1-6August/September reassessment period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

This will depend on the topic chosen. See also:

Mauch, J. and Birch, J. Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation, New York, 1993.

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Credit value30
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