Module details for 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 Dissertation Planning

Formalising the structure of your proposed dissertation argument, aligning research questions, existing knowledge, theory, and research method.

2 Library and Information Skills

Utilising library resources and services to carry out extensive and systematic literature searches, managing references, and applying appropriate citations and references in your written work.

3 Critical Reading

Carrying out independent, critical reading of key theoretical texts, research articles, and other texts relevant to the subject, discipline, or profession.

4 Research Context

Understanding and incorporating the wider research context and rationale into your argument, considering artistic and professional practice.

5 Analysis and Synthesis

Demonstrating rigour in the deconstruction and scrutiny of sources, data, and practice, and constructing a substantiated argument drawing upon your analysis.

6 Dissertation Format

Exploring different approaches to a dissertation guided by discipline, methods and audience.

7 Oral Presentation

Articulating your research through oral presentation.

8 Writting Skills

Demonstrating the ability to iteratively develop clear, precise and substantiated academic writing, and to utilise your writing skills to effectively communicate the findings of your research to an intended academic, artistic, or professional audience.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 150
Independent 24
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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