Module title: Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: BSV11120
Module leader: Mark Deakin
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2017/8, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods (including their alignment with learning outcomes)

Each of the two lectures shall provide an opportunity for the student to learn about key issues underlying the MSc Dissertation. These lectures shall set out the role of the dissertation in terms of:

1. the advanced research methododology and techniques underpinning the proposal (LO1)
2. the use of these methods as the means to support a research strategy (L02)
3. the ciritcal role the literature review plays in the development of this strategy (L03)

Students shall submit a dissertation proposal in week 4 of semester 2 and the module leader will use this as a means to allocate a suitable supervisor. The nominated supervisor shall work with the student from this point on and throughtout the whole of semester 3. From here all matters concerning data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be developed by the student in conjunction with their supervisor (L04 & L05)._This process of data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be overseen by the supervisor and reported on by the student in either the tutorials, seminars, or class-based sessions, time-tabled for such purposes.

All learning shall be supported with case study material drawn from literature published on reseach exercises previously undertaken. This material shall be used to reflect on the application of research methods, design strategies, data collection and anlaysis techniques.

Embedding of Employability/PDP/ Scholarship Skills

The module shall assess the standards of communication, nous/commonsense and creativity demonstrated in meeting the challenge the dissertation poses.

Assessment (formative and summative)

The assessment take the form of:

1. the submitted dissertation

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 584
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods (including their alignment with learning outcomes)

Each of the two lectures shall provide an opportunity for the student to learn about key issues underlying the MSc Dissertation. These lectures shall set out the role of the dissertation in terms of:

1. the advanced research methododology and techniques underpinning the proposal (LO1)
2. the use of these methods as the means to support a research strategy (L02)
3. the ciritcal role the literature review plays in the development of this strategy (L03)

Students shall submit a dissertation proposal in week 4 of semester 2 and the module leader will use this as a means to allocate a suitable supervisor. The nominated supervisor shall work with the student from this point on and throughtout the whole of semester 3. From here all matters concerning data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be developed by the student in conjunction with their supervisor (L04 & L05)._This process of data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be overseen by the supervisor and reported on by the student in either the tutorials, seminars, or class-based sessions, time-tabled for such purposes.

All learning shall be supported with case study material drawn from literature published on reseach exercises previously undertaken. This material shall be used to reflect on the application of research methods, design strategies, data collection and anlaysis techniques.

Embedding of Employability/PDP/ Scholarship Skills

The module shall assess the standards of communication, nous/commonsense and creativity demonstrated in meeting the challenge the dissertation poses.

Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment take the form of:
1. the submitted dissertation

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 584
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods (including their alignment with learning outcomes)

Each of the two lectures shall provide an opportunity for the student to learn about key issues underlying the MSc Dissertation. These lectures shall set out the role of the dissertation in terms of:

1. the advanced research methododology and techniques underpinning the proposal (LO1)
2. the use of these methods as the means to support a research strategy (L02)
3. the ciritcal role the literature review plays in the development of this strategy (L03)

Students shall submit a dissertation proposal in week 4 of semester 2 and the module leader will use this as a means to allocate a suitable supervisor. The nominated supervisor shall work with the student from this point on and throughtout the whole of semester 3. From here all matters concerning data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be developed by the student in conjunction with their supervisor (L04 & L05)._This process of data collection, analysis, interpretaiton and synthesis, shall be overseen by the supervisor and reported on by the student in either the tutorials, seminars, or class-based sessions, time-tabled for such purposes.

All learning shall be supported with case study material drawn from literature published on reseach exercises previously undertaken. This material shall be used to reflect on the application of research methods, design strategies, data collection and anlaysis techniques.

Embedding of Employability/PDP/ Scholarship Skills

The module shall assess the standards of communication, nous/commonsense and creativity demonstrated in meeting the challenge the dissertation poses.

Assessment (formative and summative)

The assessment take the form of:

1. the submitted dissertation

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 584
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.




Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: use advanced research methodology techniques to develop a proposal
LO2: develop a proposal into a research design strategy
LO3: assess the critical role literature reviews play in developing a critical insight of the subject being
studied
LO4: appraise data gathering, analysis and interpretative stages
of the study
LO5: synthesise the work undertaken and present the critically-insightful findings drawn
from the study

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