Module XAE-3023:
Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Margiad Williams

Overall aims and purpose

The dissertation module is an independent study on a topic of the student’s choice, agreed with the study tutor during Year 2 based on an area of academic interest related to children and young people. It provides the opportunity for students to design and undertake a small-scale research study and receive regular diagnostic feedback from the tutor. Students will focus on in-depth research of the chosen, including a literature review, carrying out research tasks, collecting qualitative or/and quantitative data, using analysis and synthesis skills in an appropriate manner and present a cogent, well-constructed argument.

Course content

Guidance will be provided through the dissertation handbook and individual/group tutorials with your project supervisor.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

A satisfactory understanding of what constitutes an effective research project based on a sociological, psychological, philosophical or historical perspective relating to children and young people; an ability to choose a subject and to carry out adequate research, together with some analysis and discussion of the evidence and its implications.

good

A good understanding of what constitutes an effective research project based on a sociological, psychological, philosophical or historical perspective relating to children and young people; an ability to choose an appropriate subject and to carry out effective research, together with good analysis and criticism of the evidence and its implications.

excellent

A comprehensive understanding of what constitutes an effective research project based on a sociological, psychological, philosophical or historical perspective relating to children and young people; an ability to choose an appropriate subject and to carry out effective and comprehensive research, together with excellent analysis and insightful criticism of the evidence whilst demonstrating originality.

Learning outcomes

  1. Clearly communicate research findings and key implications of the research visually and verbally

  2. Research a sociological, psychological, philosophical or historical perspective relating to children and young people;

    1. Carry out complex research tasks and analyse and synthesise data in relation to the research focus;
  3. Critically evaluate a range of literature and research related to a relevant field of study;

  4. Critically analyse key findings and discuss the implications of the research.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Complete dissertation 85
Presentation of proposed dissertation research 15

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 

Notional Learning Hours: (a) Contact Time – e.g. in classroom, or fieldwork : 12 hours (b) Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments: 388 hours Format of Teaching: Lectures: 4 hours Other: 8 hours Teaching Strategy: The module is a self study module with support as follows: 1. Group and individual tutorials with supervisors: 8 hours (across two semesters) 2. Dissertation drop-in sessions (scheduled across two semesters)

400

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • constructively critique theories practice and research in the area of child development
  • lead support and work collaboratively with others and demonstrate an understanding of working effectively in teams with parents carers and other professionals 11
  • use skills of observation and analysis in relation to aspects of the lives of babies and young children
  • reflect upon the ethics of studying babies and young children and their families and communities
  • generate and explore hypotheses and research questions relating to early childhood in an ecological context
  • carry out empirical studies ethically involving a variety of methods of data collection including observation relating to early childhood in an ecological context

Resources

Courses including this module

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