Module Details

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Title DISSERTATION
Code POLI401
Coordinator Dr XPE Mathieu
Politics
X.Mathieu@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

This module aims to enable student to formulate their own research questions;

To encourage students to develop their own research under the supervison of a member of the academic staff;

To provide an opportunity for students to manage their own learning through independent study;

To encourage students to manage their own time and organise appointments with supervisors.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of the dissertation students will be able to apply core theoretical and/or conceptual approaches in politics to their chosen area of research.

(LO2) Synthesise and analyse complex empirical and conceptual material in their chosen area of research.

(LO3) Use empirical and conceptual material in coherent and sustained argumentation.

(LO4) Use a range of IT skills including word processing, where appropriate e-mail, spreadsheets, and the Internet to locate and retrieve information in support of their dissertation research.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Research skills - All Information skills

(S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]


Syllabus

 

Students develop their own original research project in an area of politics with the help and guidance of an academic supervisor, submitting a plan for their project in week three of Semester one and their final dissertation in week 11 of Semester two. Students draw on and engage with primary and secondary materials relevant to their own individual research projects.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorial.
Description: Students on the dissertation module arrange meetings with their supervisors to discuss their research projects, to receive feedback on draft work and to receive recommendations and guidance. Students may request up to five meetings with their supervisors and are strongly recommended to meet with their supervisors at least three times in the first semester.
Attendance Recorded: Yes.

Teaching Method 2 – Lectures.
A short series of lectures are provided at the start of the first semester on study skills and research methods relevant for the dissertation. The lectures outline the requirements of the dissertation module, explain what is involved in a literature review and provide an introduction to some of the methods that may be used to investigate an undergraduate research puzzle.
Attendance Recorded: No.

Skill / other attribute 1:
Information skills - information accessing: Locating relevant information, identifying and evaluating information sources.
How this is developed:
Academic supervision, independent research.

Skill / other attribute 2:
Research skills - al information skills.
How this is developed:
Academic supervision, independent research.

Skill / other attribute 3:
Time and project management - personal organisation.
How this is developed:
Academic supervision, independent research.

Skill / other attribute 4:
Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written.
How this is developed:
Academic supervision, independent research.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 4

  5

      9
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 291
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Dissertation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  10000-12000 words    90       
Plan. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is a non-anonymous assessment (the supervisor will be aware of the student’s identity).  Plan    10       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.