|Prerequisites for Module|
Satisfactory completion of the Pg Certificate and Pg Diploma Stages of the course.
Aims of Module
To provide the student with the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study into an approved topic and to report the findings through a substantial dissertation.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Identify a suitable topic for a research-based dissertation and carry out a comprehensive literature review related to this.|
||Formulate a research proposal for the dissertation and translate this into a feasible plan for its execution and completion within the timescale available.|
||Critically evaluate a range of appropriate research methods, develop suitable tools for the collection of data and use these in a competent and professional manner.|
||Analyse and critically evaluate the results obtained from research.|
||Produce a 15,000 word dissertation on the topic written to professional standards and, if required, orally present and defend the same.|
Indicative Module Content
This will be specific to each individual dissertation. Normally will involve: research proposal; literature review; critical analysis of research material; data collection; recommendations.
Indicative Student Workload
|Full Time||Part Time||Distance Learning|
|Supervisor meetings or through emails, telephone, and forum contacts/discussions||20||20||20|
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|Student Centred Learning||60||60||60|
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|Research, writing, and referencing||520||520||520||Mode of Delivery|
The dissertation is prepared under the direction of an academic supervisor. Students will be encouraged to interact with their peers through discussion forums.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
Assessment will be based on the 15,000 word Dissertation and if required, oral presentation.
|1.||E Higgins and L Tatham, Successful Legal Writing, (2nd ed, Sweet and Maxwell, London 2010)|
|2.||FINK, A., 2010. Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to paper. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage.|
|3.||GLATTHORN, A. and JOYNER, R., 2005. Writing the winning thesis or dissertation: a step by step guide. Thousand Oaks: Sage.|
|4.||KL Fullerton, Legal research skills for Scots lawyers, (2nd edn, W Green, Edinburgh 2007)|
|5.||L Webley, Legal Writing. (2nd edn, Routledge-Cavendish, Abingdon 2010) – ebook|
|6.||M McConville and W H Chui, Research Methods For Law, (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2007) – ebook|
|7.||M Salter and J Mason, Writing Law Dissertations; An Introduction and Guide to The Conduct of Legal Research.(Longman: Harlow 2007) –ebook|
The subject specific bibliography will be determined by the dissertation topic.