Honours Project Dissertation


This module approaches research as an active process of inquiry that leads to the production of a dissertation which appropriately communicates research process and findings.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the ability to discuss and communicate their research findings. Students will develop the ability to contextually support and defend their positions, arguments or development process in relation to the outcomes of a project based within their specialist field. Students will interrogate a spectrum of available research resources for the purpose of developing academic communication skills and will deliver a successful summative critical discussion of the research.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Undertake and effectively communicate their critical and reflective analysis of research outcomes and findings.

2.  Analyse and critically interpret one's own work in the context of the subject domain.

3.  Produce a research based dissertation appropriate to the domain of the project.

Indicative Content

1 Research Proposal

Evaluate the aims, objectives and methods of the chosen research topic.

2 Analytical Development

Reflect upon and extend analysis of contextual sources and where necessary, identify and integrate further contextual information.

3 Research context

Explore structures for contextual review and research dissemination.

4 Synthesis and Evaluation

Synthesise research arguments in relation to the project outcomes. Build a persuasive argument and anticipate critical reservations and respond appropriately.

5 Testing and Evaluation

Develop strategies to interrogate claims within project methods, development and outcomes objectively and/or persuasively in relation to research context

6 Dissertation

Development of written work that critically discusses the research project. Communicating research aims, intent, vision, themes, processes, methodology and a critical discussion of process and findings.

7 Autonomy and Academic Rigour

Develop an informed and defensible academic position and/or argument in relation to subject specialist knowledge

8 Communication and Presentation

The dissertation will be written in a style that is appropriate for a formal written thesis, and will be formatted and professionally presented.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students’ primary point of contact for their individual dissertation assessment will be their assigned project supervisor, whom they will meet according to an agreed schedule over the course of the semester. To support the development of the dissertation, students will be timetabled to attend 1 x 2-hour seminar per week from week 1 to week 13. Seminars will be used for a mix of group discussion and presentations, and therefore will take place in appropriate seminar rooms. Students will attend seminars based on their programme group (A, Computer Arts; B, Game Design and Production/Sound and Music for Games).

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 150
Independent 24

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.