Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CLP10135
Module leader: Tara Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

Module Code: CLP09129
Module Title: Cultural and Literary Theory
Examples of Equivalent Learning: Any SCQF level 9 module in critical theory

Description of module content:

This is an independent research-based module on which you design and carry out a written or videographic dissertation on a topic of your choice appropriate to your programme of study.

The module runs over both Trimesters 1 and 2, supported by a series of workshops. The workshops include topics such as developing a research proposal, conducting research at an advanced level, constructing effective arguments, and advanced writing skills.

You will begin by developing a project proposal for either
a) a written dissertation of 8000 words or
b) a videographic dissertation (an extended video essay of 20-25 minutes) plus methodological commentary (1500 words) and video transcript.

You will be allocated a supervisor to guide you during your project.

In Trimester 1, you will write a literature review to demonstrate that you have done appropriate, independent research to underpin your chosen project. In Trimester 2, you will use this research to produce your final dissertation for submission.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise issues or problems of relevance to your programme of study and formulate appropriate research questions.
LO2: Synthesise and critically evaluate evidence from literary, contextual, critical and theoretical sources.
LO3: Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the topic through independent research.
LO4: Plan and complete a major, self-managed project within a given timeframe.
LO5: Devise an appropriate form with which to present analysis and arguments.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tara Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches. The programme of lectures and workshops includes guidance on research processes, methods, critical analysis, and argument relevant to this level of study (LOs 1,2,3). Your supervisor works closely with you on a regular, one-to-one basis to set goals, monitor progress, provide guidance on research strategy, and advise on the writing or production skills appropriate to your project (LOs 1, 2,3,4,5). Lectures and workshops also offer you opportunities to discuss with your peers and to share information and strategies under the guidance of lecturers. Moodle is used to provide detailed guidance notes and examples of successful projects from previous years.

Formative Assessment:
The module blends formative and summative assessment. You have the opportunity to workshop your project proposal, submitted early in trimester 1 (week 4), and will receive feedback from the supervisor then allocated to you (LO1). You have the opportunity to submit a draft chapter or video segment for feedback from your supervisor in week 5 of Trimester 2 (LO2, 3, 5).

The project supervisor’s role throughout the process is to give formative feedback, by arrangement with you on an ongoing basis, in the form of 1-1 meetings, and commentary on your work. This approach offers the opportunity to develop your autonomy in terms both of project and process (LO4).

Summative Assessment:
The submission of a summatively-assessed literature review (2,500 words) at the end of trimester 1, in week 12, ensures that you develop a secure knowledge of the field at an appropriate stage in the process (LOs 1,2,3,4). Material from the literature review may form part of the final project, which is submitted at the end of trimester 2, in week 12 (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The final dissertation project will take one of two formats: either a written dissertation of 8,000 words; or a videographic dissertation (extended video essay) 20-25 mins long, with an accompanying critical commentary of 1,500 words. For the videographic option, you'll also be required to submit a transcript of the video.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 380
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 10 1, 2, 3, 4 12 , WORDS= 2500
Dissertation 90 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 34 HOURS= 25.00, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10135 Dissertation [English, English & Film, Acting & English]