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Dissertation (core module)

CX 303

This module is a core third-year option.

Module Convenor: Prof Alison Cooley (2017/18).

Timetable - 2017/18

Summer term 2017

Compulsory Dissertation Briefing: Thurs 27 April 11-12 in S0.21 (Week 1)

Autumn term 2017

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE COMPULSORY! Attendance registers will be taken; many of these events are also formal monitoring points for the 3rd/4th year.

  • Tuesday 3rd Oct, 12-1 in PS1.28 (Week 1): Writing a Dissertation: Aims, Methods, Objectives, Problems [AC]
  • Monday 9th October 2017, 12 noon (Week 2)
    Submit a 250-word plan of study and the (provisional) title of your dissertation on Tabula. This is to facilitate the allocation of appropriate supervisors. Supervisors will be allocated by the end of Week 2.
  • Wednesday 11th October 2017, (Week 2) Library resources for writing dissertations by Research Librarian Helen Ireland (Library, Library Training Room, 2nd floor of the Library)
    Group A, 12-1; Group B, 2-3: Library Training Room [HI]. Please sign up for one of the groups.
  • Week 3: All students should contact their supervisors to arrange for a supervision in Week 3, to discuss plans of study and work.
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12 noon (week 4)
    Submit an outline plan of your project including chapter headings; also submit a bibliography of items already read + a list of items which you intend to read. This must be submitted on Tabula.
  • Friday 15 December 2017, 12 noon (week 11)
    Submit a sample chapter on Tabula. You will receive written feedback on this from your supervisor at the start of the spring term.

Spring term 2018

  • Tuesday 9th January, 2-3, S0.21 (Week 1) Powerpoint Training: Making an effective presentation
  • Weeks 2 & 3 (days, locations, and times to be arranged)
    Present a 10-minute powerpoint presentation before peers and a member of staff of dissertation topic, with handout. This should include an outline of the dissertation as a whole, including chapter headings, and explain the dissertation’s research context and original contribution to the topic. Special attention should be paid to methodology and structure. This will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Feedback will be given on all aspects of structure, content, and presentation of the talk. Students should use handouts and Powerpoint presentations as visual aids. Handouts should be given to the staff member leading the group 48 hours before the presentation is due so that photocopies can be made. All participants will fill out a feedback form on the others in their group.
  • Wednesday 24 January 2018 by 12 noon (week 3)
    Students to submit the precise title of the dissertation on Tabula.
  • Friday 16 March 2018 by 12 noon (last day of term)
    The final dissertation must be submitted in hard copy to the Departmental office AND electronically on Tabula. Please don't forget to allow time for printing + binding.

Summer Term 2018

Tues 26 June: Feedback released