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Module Title
Reference BSM101 Version 8
Created April 2018 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved June 2018 SCQF Points 60
Amended April 2018 ECTS Points 30

Aims of Module
To enable the student to extend and apply their subject knowledge and their knowledge of research methods by means of the independent investigation of a research topic or work-related project within a relevant field.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Investigate and critically evaluate an approved research topic or project of interest and concern in a subject-relevant field.
2 Apply research skills and methods used to gather, analyse and critically evaluate literature, theories, data and evidence as appropriate to the agreed research topic or project plan.
3 Present and critically evaluate findings and conclusions as a piece of independent research or project related work.
4 Develop and practically apply written, technical, problem solving, creativity, communication (oral, written) or/and presentation skills as appropriate to the research topic or project.

Indicative Module Content
A research proposal will usually form the basis for development of the Dissertation. Students will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation or project.

Module Delivery
All students are provided with individual guided supervision (in person or online, depending on the mode of study). Students are, accordingly, expected to take full responsibility for their own learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 22 22
Non-Contact Hours 578 578
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 600 600
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: The assessment will normally consist of a 15,000 word dissertation. When a dissertation includes a practical element, the approach would be discussed and agreed with the student's supervisor and in consultation with the module coordinator.

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BELL, J., 2014. Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers. 6th ed Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press. ebook
2 CRESWELL, J., 2014. Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
3 BIGGAM, J., 2015. Succeeding with your master's dissertation a step-by-step handbook. 3rd Ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education
4 LORRIE, B., 2016. Writing a graduate thesis or dissertation. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
5 RUDESTAM, K E. and NEWTON, R., 2015. Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

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