Core Module Information
Module title: Masters Dissertation

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

Module code: SOC11601
Module leader: Nick Pitropakis
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Generic - School of Computing


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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: MYANMAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Pitropakis
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Students have the opportunity to study the research methods workshops materials online (LOs 1 and 2). Otherwise they work independently under the guidance of their supervisors (LOs 1-5). Students can complete the dissertation over 2 trimesters.

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 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.

ENU members will supervise the dissertation and will have weekly meetings with the students.

Formative Assessment:
The students need to meet both their supervisory team members after they submit their dissertation proposal and for the interim meetings. During those times the students will receive formative feedback about their project from both members of the supervisory team. For the rest of the dissertation time, the students will attend online weekly meetings with their first supervisor who will provide formative feedback about their progress.

Summative Assessment:
Dissertation 100% of the module addressing all learning outcomes

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 5
Online Project Supervision 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

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

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