Module title: Masters Dissertation

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

Module code: SOC11101
Module leader: M J Rutter
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Generic - School of Computing
Prerequisites

N/A

2016/7, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: NAPIER
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: M J Rutter
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Students have the opportunity to attend research methods workshops as part of the module or to study the workshop materials online (LOs 1 and 2). Otherwise they work independently under the guidance of their supervisors (LOs 1-5). Students may elect to complete the dissertation over 1, 2 or 3 trimesters by selecting one of the published submission dates.

Assessment (formative or summative)
By means of a dissertation (LOs 1-4) and viva examination report (LO5) at the end of the module. The dissertation is submitted on one of three dates each session, at the end of the trimester. The oral examination takes place on a date soon afterwards, normally within one week of submission and, for distance learning students, is normally conducted via teleconferencing or equivalent. The project is marked as a set of learning outcomes that have to be satisfied collectively. There is no individual weighting for separate learning outcomes.



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 Tutorial 5
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 ALL 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2017/8, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: M J Rutter
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Students have the opportunity to attend research methods workshops as part of the module or to study the workshop materials online (LOs 1 and 2). Otherwise they work independently under the guidance of their supervisors (LOs 1-5). Students may elect to complete the dissertation over 1, 2 or 3 trimesters by selecting one of the published submission dates.

Assessment (formative or summative)
By means of a dissertation (LOs 1-4) and viva examination report (LO5) at the end of the module. The dissertation is submitted on one of three dates each session, at the end of the trimester. The oral examination takes place on a date soon afterwards, normally within one week of submission and, for distance learning students, is normally conducted via teleconferencing or equivalent. The project is marked as a set of learning outcomes that have to be satisfied collectively. There is no individual weighting for separate learning outcomes.



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 Tutorial 5
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 ALL 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2017/8, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: M J Rutter
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Students have the opportunity to attend research methods workshops as part of the module or to study the workshop materials online (LOs 1 and 2). Otherwise they work independently under the guidance of their supervisors (LOs 1-5). Students may elect to complete the dissertation over 1, 2 or 3 trimesters by selecting one of the published submission dates.

Assessment (formative or summative)
By means of a dissertation (LOs 1-4) and viva examination report (LO5) at the end of the module. The dissertation is submitted on one of three dates each session, at the end of the trimester. The oral examination takes place on a date soon afterwards, normally within one week of submission and, for distance learning students, is normally conducted via teleconferencing or equivalent. The project is marked as a set of learning outcomes that have to be satisfied collectively. There is no individual weighting for separate learning outcomes.



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 Tutorial 5
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 ALL 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva.

There are three preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation:

(1) Project proposal
(2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Conduct a literature search using an appropriate range of information sources and produce a critical review of the findings.

LO2: Demonstrate professional competence by sound project management and a) by applying appropriate theoretical and practical computing concepts and techniques to a non-trivial problem, or b) by undertaking an approved project of equivalent standard.

LO3: Show a capacity for self-appraisal by analysing the strengths and weakness of the project outcomes with reference to the initial objectives and to the work of others.

LO4: Provide evidence of the foregoing in the form of a dissertation which complies with the requirements of the School of Computing both in style and content.

LO5: Defend the work orally at a viva voce examination.

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