CAHA30010 Dissertation

Academic Year 2024/2025

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 Humanities 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, tables and appendices as appropriate.

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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, agreed with the module coordinator and supervisor.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The dissertation demands a substantial amount of independent work to conceive, research, produce, and edit the final product. Students will be assigned a supervisor with appropriate expertise in their chosen field, and will receive structured support over the trimester. 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 proceeding 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, thereby balancing task-based and reflective modes of learning. There are also a number of 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
ARCH30700 - Research Project Preparation

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Thesis/Dissertation: A c.8000 word dissertation with appropriate supporting material such as images, tables, appendices, etc. n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
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 seminars or by appointment.