Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title ACE MA AND MSC DISSERTATION
Code ALGY600
Coordinator Professor BJ Gibson
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Bjgibson@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 60

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Additional Programme Information

 

Aims

This module aims to give you the opportunity to produce a lengthy piece of work ( 15000-20000 words *) on a topic of your choice. * Footnotes, bibliography and appendices are included in the word count;

The module dissertation will enhance your abilities in the realms of collection, analysis and interpretation of primary material, and the development of critical response in the use of secondary sources;

The purpose of the MA dissertation is to demonstrate that you can identify an issue or problem, research, assemble and analyse the available evidence, present convincing and coherent arguments on the basis of that evidence, and locate the results within the broader context of modern scholarship.

The dissertation should be based at least in part on primary data or sources, and the choice of topic must take into account the accessibility of such materials.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify a research-related issue or problem.

(LO2) Design and conduct a scheme of work to explore that issue.

(LO3) Assemble, analyse and appropriately cite both academic literature (references) and primary evidence (sources).

(LO4) Present a coherent and clear set of data and arguments in order to analyse and interpret the data.

(LO5) Use evidence to unfold a continuous and coherent argument that will enable them to make conclusions relating to the problem stated in the introduction of the dissertation.

(S1) Produce a text written and presented to a professional standard

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Time and project management - Project management


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Other
Description: A member of the academic staff will act as your supervisor for the dissertation. Your supervisor is responsible for giving advice on reading, structure and presentation of dissertations. Your supervisor will help to ensure that the dissertation project develops satisfactorily and will provide expert guidance in the relevant subject area.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Syllabus

 

A member of the academic staff will act as your supervisor for the dissertation. Your supervisor is responsible for giving advice on reading, structure and presentation of dissertations. Your supervisor will help to ensure that the dissertation project develops satisfactorily and will provide expert guidance in the relevant subject area.

Semesters one and two: You should devise a research topic in collaboration with your intended supervisor. The topic should draw on an area of expertise of the supervisor. The topic should also be agreed with the Subject Leads. The taught component of the MA programme during Semester one and two delivers modules that are designed to enhance your research skills and, where possible, will be tailored toward your research.

By week three of semester one, you, in consultation with the Master's Subject Leads, will have been appointed a supervisor. You are expected to ensure that the supervisor is kept up- to-date with the progress of the dissertation. You will be expected to see your supervisor at least four times during each semester. It is your responsibility to meet with her/him regularly in order to discuss progress.

June- 15 September: It is expected that you use the summer to work on the completion of your research. While the supervisors will try to ensure that they are available to provide feedback (possibly through email) on a regular basis, it is your responsibility to carefully plan your work and not expect extra advising in the month prior to submission . You will be expected to show initiative and independence during the course of your research. You are expected to ensure that the supervisor is kept up-to-date with the progress of the dissertation. You are entitled to a minimum of five hours of supervision for your MA/MSc dissertation that is independent of the supervision that you receive in taught skills modules.  Around 2.5 of these should relate to t he direction of the dissertation, and the other 2.5 should be feedback on work.  While supervisors will try to ensure that they are available for face-to-face contact at some point during the summer (between the end of semester two and the date of submission), it is understood that supervision can take the form of email feedback on work. You should note that you are responsible for organising this with your dissertation supervisor.  You should also be aware that you cannot make unreasonable demands on staff time and that supervision will be spread out over the whole summer period. It is your responsibility to contact your supervisor and ensure he/she is aware of your progress and of any problems. Your supervisor will be able to comment on a minimum of one chapter, on one occasion, of the student’s draft dissertation. You should find someone other than a staff member, perhaps a fellow graduate student or friend/family member, to proof-read your work and check your English (particularly if you are not a native English speaker).


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           10

10
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 590
TOTAL HOURS 600

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 not an anonymous assessment.  15000-20000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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