CAHA30010 Dissertation

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module provides a unique and exciting opportunity to carry out a piece of substantial research that builds on the knowledge, skills and methods developed over the course of the Classics, Art History and Archaeology programme. It is only for students on this degree pathway or other BA Hum degrees as approved by programme directors. Students will work with an assigned academic supervisor to produce an independently researched dissertation. Following successful completion of a research skills module in the preceding Autumn trimester (ARCH30070 Research Project Preparation), students will use primary and secondary sources to develop their project, leading to a clearly argued and organised piece of writing of c.8000 words, with an accompanying bibliography; the dissertation also may include illustrations, plans, and tables as appropriate.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- define and articulate research questions clearly
- carry out independent research
- identify, collect and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary sources
- present research in an appropriate, coherent and organised format
- demonstrate skills in time and data management

Indicative Module Content:

A supervised minor dissertation on a topic of the student's choice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

371

Seminar (or Webinar)

4

Total

375

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The dissertation demands a substantial amount of independent work to conceive, research, produce, and edit the final product. That being said, students will be assigned a supervisor with appropriate expertise in their chosen field, and will receive structured support over the trimester. In this sense, students will learn to strike a balance between task-based and reflective modes of learning. Students will meet with their supervisor early in the trimester to establish expectations in terms of meetings and draft-reading. Students are expected to take responsibility for proceding with their research and to be proactive in collecting and analysing relevant data. Regular meetings with a supervisor will provide guidance on approaches, suggested reading, development of arguments, and feedback on drafts delivered according to an agreed schedule. There are also four seminars during the trimester that provide an opportunity to meet with peers and the module coordinator in a supportive environment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Co-requisite:
ARCH30700 - Research Project Preparation


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Dissertation of c.8000 words, as well as a bibliography and any relevant images, tables, and plans, or other supporting material. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

100


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will work with a supervisor throughout the trimester and receive oral and/or written feedback on ideas and written drafts prior to the final submission. Written feedback will be provided individually post-assessment. The module coordinator will also provide advice and support as needed in the four seminars or by appointment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
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