Module title: Dissertation

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

Module code: BSV11720
Module leader: Mark Deakin
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

N/A

2018/9, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module shall guide the student through the processes involved in the production of an MSc Dissertation. The student shall learn about how to undertake research, develop a dissertation proposal and undertake a literature review. In addition to this, the student shall learn how the dissertation proposal can build off the insights this review of the literature offers and advance a methodology to research the subject. They shall also learn how to set out the results of this investigation, interpret the findings and analyse the outcomes as part of a critical synthesis.

Learning and Teaching Methods (including their alignment with learning outcomes):

The dissertation module guide shall introduce the learning material. LOs 1 and 2 shall by taught by way of power-point presentations and through the opportunity these offer the student to develop a research proposal. Students shall submit a dissertation proposal following the delivery of the first power-point presentation and this shall be used by the module leader to allocate a supervisor. The nominated supervisor shall be responsible for overseeing the development of the student’s literature review (LO3) and all matters concerning the methodology, results, interpretation of the findings, analysis of the outcomes and critical synthesis the conclusions offer (LO4, LO5 & L06).

Embedding of Employability/PDP/ Scholarship Skills:

The module shall assess the standards of communication, nous/common sense and creativity demonstrated in meeting the challenges the dissertation module poses.

Research-teaching Linkages:

The dissertation reviews literature found in journal articles, text books and government reports
and provides the opportunity for students to use leading peer-reviewed articles as a basis for the literature review and research methodology they advance.

Supporting Equality and Diversity:

Learning material provided over a Virtual Learning Environment includes: a module guide, power-point presentations and set of good practice examples. The latter offer “good practice examples” of existing research proposals, literature reviews, research methodologies and together set the standards of LO1, LO2 and LO3.

Internationalisation:

Students are encouraged to explore the international status of the subject, either by way of surveys, case-study analysis, or through the adoption of more experimental research methods designed to generate cross-cultural comparisons of the material.


Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment of this model is limited to and module leader’s evaluation of the dissertation proposal submitted by the student. If this does not meet the expected standard, the proposal shall be returned to the student for resubmission. Otherwise, it shall be forwarded on to the supervisor for them to develop in conjunction with the student. Once a programme of supervision has been agreed, formative assessment continues by way of feedback on the material developed by the student through their independent learning activities.

Summative Assessment:
The student submits the dissertation in week 14 of the final semester of their study programme and the summative assessment is conducted in accordance with the mark sheet and assessment grid in the module guide. The mark sheet shows the maximum number of marks that are available for and which can be awarded to each LO. The assessment grid indicates why the dissertation has been awarded the marks allocated to the LOs and what grade the submission’s overall score represents.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 600
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 44 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module shall guide the student through the processes involved in the production of an MSc Dissertation. The student shall learn about how to undertake research, develop a dissertation proposal and undertake a literature review. In addition to this, the student shall learn how the dissertation proposal can build off the insights this review of the literature offers and advance a methodology to research the subject. They shall also learn how to set out the results of this investigation, interpret the findings and analyse the outcomes as part of a critical synthesis.

Learning and Teaching Methods (including their alignment with learning outcomes):

The dissertation module guide shall introduce the learning material. LOs 1 and 2 shall by taught by way of power-point presentations and through the opportunity these offer the student to develop a research proposal. Students shall submit a dissertation proposal following the delivery of the first power-point presentation and this shall be used by the module leader to allocate a supervisor. The nominated supervisor shall be responsible for overseeing the development of the student’s literature review (LO3) and all matters concerning the methodology, results, interpretation of the findings, analysis of the outcomes and critical synthesis the conclusions offer (LO4, LO5 & L06).

Embedding of Employability/PDP/ Scholarship Skills:

The module shall assess the standards of communication, nous/common sense and creativity demonstrated in meeting the challenges the dissertation module poses.

Research-teaching Linkages:

The dissertation reviews literature found in journal articles, text books and government reports
and provides the opportunity for students to use leading peer-reviewed articles as a basis for the literature review and research methodology they advance.

Supporting Equality and Diversity:

Learning material provided over a Virtual Learning Environment includes: a module guide, power-point presentations and set of good practice examples. The latter offer “good practice examples” of existing research proposals, literature reviews, research methodologies and together set the standards of LO1, LO2 and LO3.

Internationalisation:

Students are encouraged to explore the international status of the subject, either by way of surveys, case-study analysis, or through the adoption of more experimental research methods designed to generate cross-cultural comparisons of the material.


Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment of this model is limited to and module leader’s evaluation of the dissertation proposal submitted by the student. If this does not meet the expected standard, the proposal shall be returned to the student for resubmission. Otherwise, it shall be forwarded on to the supervisor for them to develop in conjunction with the student. Once a programme of supervision has been agreed, formative assessment continues by way of feedback on the material developed by the student through their independent learning activities.

Summative Assessment:
The student submits the dissertation in week 14 of the final semester of their study programme and the summative assessment is conducted in accordance with the mark sheet and assessment grid in the module guide. The mark sheet shows the maximum number of marks that are available for and which can be awarded to each LO. The assessment grid indicates why the dissertation has been awarded the marks allocated to the LOs and what grade the submission’s overall score represents.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 600
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 44 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module shall examine what research is, the type of research that can be undertaken to develop a dissertation proposal and carry out a review of the literature, which is available on the subject. It shall also examine how to advance a methodology to research the subject and set out the results of this investigation. It shall also reflect on how to interpret the findings of this investigation and analyse the outcomes as part of a critical synthesis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: develop a dissertation proposal
LO2: Critically review the literature on a given subject
LO3: advance a methodology to conduct the research
LO4: set out the results
LO5: interpret the findings and analyse the outcomes
LO6: Develop a critical synthesis of the material

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