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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Dissertation Study
Reference SS4003 Version 6
Created July 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved June 2002 SCQF Points 30
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To enable the student to apply knowledge and critical understanding within the context of a dissertation to a chosen area of practice or policy.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Evaluate a range of social science and social work literature relevant to their research proposal.
2 Use research literature and/or primary research to address their research question(s).
3 Write a dissertation which critically evaluates implication of their research for practice.

Indicative Module Content
Research Design, Data Analysis, Advanced project management skills. Time management recording. Dissertation writing skills. Presentation skills, structuring, drafting/editing. Web/Literature searching. Research to Practice. Informing and evaluating social work practice.

Module Delivery
Each student will also be allocated a dissertation supervisor from whom he/she will receive tutorial support and advice. The meetings will be initiated by the student and the supervisor.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 37 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 263 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 300 N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
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
Description: Dissertation

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
This module has one component with a 100% weighting. All learning outcomes are assessed by a dissertation.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A A
B B
C C
D D
E E
F F
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Successful completion of Stage 3 modules or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 Best, S.,2012. Understanding and doing successful research: data collection and analysis for the social sciences, Harlow:Pearson.
2 Carey, M.,2013.The social work dissertation: using small-scale qualitative methodology,. Maidenhead: Open University Press McGraw-Hill Education.
3 Hooley, T.,2012. What is online research? : using the internet for social science research,, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
4 Krysik, J.,2012. Research for effective social work practice, London: Routledge.
5 Lapan,S D., Quartaroli, M T., & Riemer, S J.,2012. Qualitative research: an introduction to methods and designs, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
6 Wiles, R.,2012. What are qualitative research ethics? London: Bloomsbury.

 

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