Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation (Work-based) (GA)

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: BSV10401
Module leader: Timothy Olawumi
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Introduction to Research and the Dissertation;
Selection of Dissertation topic, aims, objectives and hypothesis;
Selecting your topic area and outlining the research problem;
Literature and Information Sources;
Literature Review - What it is and how to do it;
Research Methodology, Research Method and Research Design;
Data and Principles of Data Collection;
Preparing the Dissertation Proposal;
Data Collection - Instruments and Tools;
Data Presentation and Data Analysis;
Writing a Dissertation and Referencing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: demonstrate the ability to initiate, organise and complete a rigorous academic exercise;
LO2: investigate a topic of study in depth through research;
LO3: demonstrate abilities in the analysis, synthesis, planning and communication of knowledge.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Timothy Olawumi
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This shall comprise a lecture of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial, seminar held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and completing the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

The module develops the student’s research capabilities. This is delivered via a structured programme of lectures, incorporating seminars and presentations (LOs: 1, 2, 3). Tutorials between the supervisor and student, monitor progress of the research (LOs: 1, 2, 3). The topic of the dissertation shall be drawn from the work-base and study a matter of mutual interest to both the student and employer. This project shall be supervised by academic members as independent study conducted in the workplace.

Formative Assessment:
Group seminar and individual oral presentation to peers, setting out the dissertation proposal and methodology to be adopted in conducting the study (LO1).

Summative Assessment:
Two readers, one from inside, the other outside, the cognate area of study shall assess the submitted dissertation (LOs: 1, 2, 3). Viva’s will be held where appropriate.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Seminar 8
Online Project Supervision 8
Independent Learning Work based learning 568
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Dissertation (Work-based) (GA)