This module provides the student with the opportunity to present as a dissertation a major, in-depth individual project in an aspect of their programme. Normally the project will be devised by the student and should be drawn from current industry and/or research based problem areas. The production of the dissertation involves the student in presenting the work undertaken in a structured and coherent manner which allows for critical and insightful review and evaluation of the project and artefact produced. The dissertation will be written in academic style appropriate to the domain of study.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the opportunity to document a major piece of development work as a dissertation and to develop and exercise presentation skills and skills in critical evaluation appropriate to the specific field of study.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to present and critique a major individual piece of project work in the form of a dissertation.
2. Demonstrate and exercise research skills and skills in critical evaluation appropriate to the field of study.
3. Demonstrate a range of academic and professional communication skills.
4. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and evaluate appropriate data to make informed decisions, choices and recommendations.
Introduce the topic of the project and the problem area with and appropriate research question.
Investigate previous work in the chosen project area, and show how the work of the project relates to it.
Demonstrate a sound justification for the approach and methodology adopted.
Document the output of the project with some originality.
Critically evaluate the output, using third party evaluation where appropriate, and recognise the strengths and limitations of the work.
Communicate their work professionally in the required academic format/style.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This module promotes the self-managed learning process, including critical evaluation, documentation production and planning. The student will start planning the dissertation early in the module and discuss drafts with their peers and project supervisor. A contextual lecture will be given on the dissertation structure and format around the middle of the module. Supervision meetings will normally be held weekly and the student will be expected to discuss progress on the production of the dissertation at these meetings. Full details on management of the process and schedule will be given in the Project Handbook.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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|Unsupervised Practical Activity||60|
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 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.