Module Title:   Dissertation - Preparation

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0347D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Will Godfrey

Additional Tutor(s):   Karen Scott, Ben Roberts, Mark Goodall, Peter Lassey

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop and exercise the ability to critically research, plan, organise and prepare an outline structure and thesis for a coherent piece of extended written work (dissertation) on a subject of your own choice.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Students will identify and research a subject of their own choice for a critical analytical dissertation. They will identify appropriate research methodologies and sources of information and develop their research and ideas supported by regular consultations with their supervisor throughout the semester. Students will present and test out their ideas formally to their tutors and peers in a seminar and use subsequent discussion and formative feedback to develop a structure for their dissertation in EM0348D Dissertation - Write-up or EM0364Q Dissertation - 8000 word Write-up in semester two. Supplementary assessment is to repair deficiency in original submission.

Lectures:   3.00          Directed Study:   157.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   40.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate critical awareness of research methods and processes in the context of planning and developing an extended piece of written work.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate through application a critical awareness of a range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate data sourcing, gathering and interpretation; information transformation, verbal, visual and written presentation skills.

  Presentation 0.50 60%
  Subject analysis, contexts presented in seminar; theoretical/analytical perspectives; dissertation key points/arguments
  Coursework   40%
  Completed outline dissertation structure and bibliography (maximum 1500 words)

Outline Syllabus:
Research methodologies; written and verbal presentation skills. Any area of media studies: the student`s choice of subject area and title to be approved by the supervisor. Students are expected to produce preparatory work for a critical analysis of a specific example of media output that relates to and informs their own developing media practice or interests

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