PIM12-Dissertation

Module Provider: Graduate Institute for Politics and International Studies
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Alan Cromartie

Email: a.d.t.cromartie@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
To develop students' capacity for independent research and critical analysis; to deepen their knowledge of a specialised topic within their programme of study; to develop their ability to write an extended piece of analysis; to develop their ability to generate and complete an extended piece of research.

Aims:
To develop students' capacity for independent research and critical analysis; to deepen their knowledge of a specialised topic within their programme of study; to develop their ability to write an extended piece of analysis; to develop their ability to generate and complete an extended piece of research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Heightened ability to analyse complex issues in a critical fashion; heightened ability to generate sources of information and ideas; heightened ability to express oneself clearly in writing; heightened ability to generate and complete an extensive study project.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

A supervised though largely independent research project of 13,000-15,000 words, including footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography on a subject arising from the student's programme of study. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Tutorial supervision

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2 2 3
Guided independent study: 48 48 497
       
Total hours by term 50 50 500
       
Total hours for module 600

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
N/A

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-sit examinations take place in August/September of the same year, or in April/May of the following year.

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 £35. 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: 18 June 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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