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MSc/PGDip Deaf Education

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Dissertation

Unit code HCDI60311
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

By the end of the course unit students will:

  •   Produce a thorough critique of the relevant literature
  •   Formulate a sensible, coherent research question, which can be realistically addressed in the dissertation timescale
  •   Formulate and use a methodology, or methodologies, appropriate for the research question
  •   Examine and evaluate the research data using appropriate statistical analysis tools
  •   Appraise the study and produce a thesis adhering to the MSc guidelines

Aims

To allow students to conduct an independent piece of research on a specific topic

To produce a written report of the research in the form of a thesis

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit students will:

  •   Produce a thorough critique of the relevant literature
  •   Formulate a sensible, coherent research question, which can be realistically addressed in the dissertation timescale
  •   Formulate and use a methodology, or methodologies, appropriate for the research question
  •   Examine and evaluate the research data using appropriate statistical analysis tools
  •   Appraise the study and produce a thesis adhering to the MSc guidelines

Teaching and learning methods

Students will have at least six meetings with the dissertation supervisor over the year, to discuss the aims and objectives of the study, to enable the student to arrive at a final design, and to facilitate the conducting and writing up of the research. Such meetings may be in person, by phone or via Skype or similar electric platform. Supervisors will give general advice and help with analysis when necessary, and will provide feedback on one draft version of the final dissertation.

When checking the length of your work you should remember that the following do not count towards the total:

  1. Names in brackets (e.g. Savel, 1991) which relate to references in the reference list;
  2. The reference list itself;
  3. Words which form the title or other legend on a graph or chart;
    •   Written communication whilst on placement, to monitor assess and promote effective audiological management
    •   Oral communication, giving both formal and informal presentations
    •   Interpersonal skills, advocating for optimum practice whilst on placement
    •   Initiative, seeking help as necessary on campus and on placement
    •   Self-regulatory skills in taking opportunities to gain extra experience whilst balancing other demands of the course 

Assessment methods

A 10,000 – 12,000 word dissertation based on the piece of independent, empirical research, submitted by the agreed deadline. You may submit before the deadline but you must notify your supervisor and Programme Administrator of your intended submission date.  The dissertation will be marked according to the criteria.

Feedback methods

Written feedback

Recommended reading

All references and reading materials as well as links to other resources are on line and available through Reading lists online

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 580

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Chilton Unit coordinator

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