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Module VPR-3300:
Undergraduate Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Prof Eryl W Davies

Overall aims and purpose

This is a major component of the final year work for the degree. It is designed to enable students to conduct individual research and work in a systematic manner on a sustained piece of research which will draw on one or more of the disciplines studied on the degree. Around the time when the project is nearing completion the student will give an oral presentation of the results of their research.

Course content

In this final level dissertation students will mainly be working alone to produce a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. The content of the dissertation will be determined by the students in conjunction with their supervisor. As students may choose to undertake project which involves research in both philosophy and religion, they may consult other members of the teaching team in addition to their supervisor. Students will also be asked to produce a 20 minute assessed oral presentation on their dissertation.

Assessment Criteria


D- to D+) Students demonstrate a threshold level of knowledge and understanding of the subject matter but have poor introduction/abstract with very limited use and understanding of theoretical sources or academic ideas and ethics and /or how these relate to the world of work . The methodology and quality of data is weak. Poor conclusion overall which impacts on content and overall coherence delivered in the oral presentation .


(C- to C+) Good students show a competent grasp of the module topic and related issues. Reasonable attempts are made to analyse and reflect on the subject matter . Shows understanding of ethical issues and small number of theories . The methodology is sound and data is of good quality showing glimpses of insightful and reflective observations and makes good attempt to related academic ideas to work place situations and this is reflected in the content of the oral presentation. The overall work shows that there is scope for more analysis and understanding.

(B- to B+) Very good students show competent knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Work is analytical in a number of areas and demonstrates a critical, understanding of academic theories and ideas. The overall work is insightful and shows some originality and this is observed in the quality and presentation of the oral work.


(A - and above) Excellent students will demonstrate a critical grasp of the subject. The work is proficiently executed demonstrating high levels of analytical and reflective skills and knowledgeable understanding of a wide range of academic ideas and the synthesis of theory and practice. The overall work demonstrates creative thinking, flair and originality which is also carried through in the oral presentation to full impact.

Learning outcomes

  1. Deploy arguments and develop conclusions in a clear and coherent manner.

  2. Observe the accepted standards of scholarly presentation.

  3. Show a critical grasp of the state of knowledge in areas relevant to their project.

  4. To complete a substantial piece of written work incorporating material from a range of sources.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
independent study 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Supervised time in studio/workshop 6
Private study 394

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • 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.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

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