Module title: Dissertation

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

Module code: JAC10100
Module leader: Alistair Scott
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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

2017/8, Trimester 3, 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: Diane Maclean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods
Students will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches. The lecture programme includes the examination of critical analysis, problem-solving and argument relevant to this level of study. Individual supervisors work closely with students on a regular, one-to-one basis to set goals, monitor progress and provide general and specific advice on research strategy, framing research questions and scholarly writing. The drop-in workshops offer students to discuss with each other, and to share information and strategies under the guidance of the module leader. WebCT is used to provide detailed guidance notes and examples of all parts of the dissertation process. The module site will also be used as a forum for student discussion.

Embedding of employability skills/PDP/Scholarship
Students will be able to develop theoretical and practical understanding learned in previous years and in the previous trimester. PDP will be enhanced through critical reflection and investigation of a topic related to their target degree. The module develops self-directed and independent study to a high degree. The nature of a sustained and in-depth study can also prove a valuable resource for future employment or advanced study.

Assessment
It is important that a module such as this - with only a single component of summative assessment - has identifiable points for formative assessment. These take place throughout the two trimesters. They begin with the dissertation proposal, which forms the basis of negotiation with each student for the entire dissertation. Submission of a literature review towards the end of trimester 1 and the proposed research methodology at the beginning of trimester 2 offer more detailed opportunities to develop student autonomy through one-to one discussion of their work.

Research and teaching linkages
Research and teaching linkages are promoted through the module leader's continuin

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 12
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Online Guided independent study 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 340
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, 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: Alistair Scott
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

Students will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches. There is a programme of lectures in Tri 1 which will include the examination of critical analysis, problem-solving and argument relevant to this level of study (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). You will be allocated to an individual supervisor for regular one-to-one supervision meetings to set goals, monitor progress and provide general and specific advice on research strategy, framing research questions and scholarly writing (LOs 2,3,4,5,6). There will be three points at which students should submit work-in-progress for formative feedback from their supervisor – for the Dissertation Proposal midway in Tri 1; for the Literature Review towards the end of Tri 1; and for the Research Methodology section at the start of Tri 2. There will also be timetabled drop-in workshops and occasional seminars to offer students the opportunity to discuss with each other and to share information and strategies under the guidance of the Module Leader (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The VLE is used to provide detailed guidance notes and examples of all parts of the dissertation process. The module site will also be used as a forum for student discussion (Los 1,2,3,4,5,6).
Embedding of employability skills/PDP/Scholarship
You will develop enhanced scholarly and theoretical understanding based upon your learning in previous years. PDP will be enhanced through investigation of a topic related to your target degree. The module develops self-directed and independent study to a high degree. The nature of a sustained and in-depth study can provide a valuable skill for future employment or advanced study.
Research teaching linkages
Research and teaching linkages are promoted through the Module Leader’s and other supervisor’s continuing research which exemplify the full range of methods taught in the module. Teaching staff will draw on their experiences of scholarly writing and publication.
Supporting equality and diversity
The range of approaches to the delivery of this module including lectures and one-to-one supervision meetings is designed to support a range of individual student needs. This module aims to provide information and support related to gender, diversity, sexual and racial equality with intercultural initiatives and activities in the spirit of widening access.
Internationalisation
Journalism and broadcasting are part of a global media business. You are encouraged to be aware of the international links and issues which are relevant to research themes. Internationalisation in the module is also achieved through encouraging students to engage in comparative studies and, where appropriate, to conduct research based on practices in their home countries.


Formative Assessment:
It is important that a module such as this – with only a single component of summative assessment – has identifiable points for formative feedback from you supervisor. These take place throughout the two trimesters. This will include approval of the dissertation proposal and research question midway in Tri 1 which forms the basis of negotiation with each student for the entire module. You will also be required to submit a draft Literature Review towards the end of Tri 1. You will submit your draft Research Methodology at the start of Tri 2. The regular supervision meetings offer more opportunities for you to develop student autonomy and for your supervisor to provide regular detailed one-to-one feedback.

Summative Assessment:
You will submit a 10,000 – 12,000 words dissertation at the end of Tri 2. The criteria on which this will be assessed will be outlined in the teaching during Tri 1. The Dissertation will be made up of a number of elements. These will include: the Introduction (which will frame a research question and set out the aims and objectives of the investigation); a Literature Review (which will survey and summarise existing scholarly research in this topic); a section covering Research Methodology; the presentation of research data and the Main Discussion of the research topic; a Conclusion (which will draw together the strands of the research and present a conclusion relating to the research question); a full Bibliography; any relevant Appendices. The Bibiliography and Appendices are not included in the overall word count.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Online Guided independent study 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 340
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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JAC10100 Dissertation
JAC10100 Dissertation