PIM51-Dissertation in Public Policy

Module Provider: Graduate Institute for Politics and Internat Studs
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Giovanni Razzu

Email: g.razzu@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To provide students with an opportunity to analyse in some depth a specific topic within the realm of their studies on public policy; to display the ability to carry out primary and secondary research.

Aims:
The aims of the dissertation are to:
•develop students’ capacity for independent research and critical analysis;
•deepen their knowledge of a specialised topic within their programme of study;
•develop their ability to write an extended piece of analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The student will demonstrate their learning outcomes by:
•formulating a relevant, coherent and clearly defined research project;
•analysing complex issues in a critical fashion;
•generating sources of information and ideas;
•collecting appropriate data;
•providing a systematic, objective and carefully structured analysis of the information collected;
•drawing relevant conclusions from the analysis and relating these to the existing literature.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop the ability to work on their own initiative and learn to organise their work on a longer term project within a tight schedule. The dissertation will also offer the ability to demonstrate originality in the chosen research sphere.

Outline content:
A supervised though largely independent research project of 10-12,000 words on a subject arising out of the student’s programme of study in public policy.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Tutorial supervision.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 5 12
Guided independent study 195 388
       
Total hours by term 200.00 400.00
       
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students are required to submit a 10-12,000 word dissertation by an agreed deadline (which under normal circumstances would be in mid-September).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment arrangements: Re-submission of the dissertation by an agreed deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: 2 bound copies including printing from Mailbox in the Student Union is approximately £30. A less expensive option is home printing then securely bound in a soft PVC clear fronted punched pocket or clip presentation file which are available from stationery shops for approximately £5 for two.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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