Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SSI3019: Quantitative Dissertation
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.
An introductory seminar will outline the process of writing the dissertation, expectations regarding standards of research, and formal requirements. It will also provide guidance as to how to find a viable topic, select a research question, and introduce you to primary and secondary data collection. You will then be assigned to thematic study groups convened by the module leader and guided by another member of staff acting as expert advisor. You will produce an initial plan and literature list in the first month of the semester and a full first draft by the first month of the second semester. Both items will be posted on ELE and you are expected to contribute to your study group's ELE blog. In the two study group meetings, you will present on your work in progress and receive feedback from the expert advisor. You will be assigned another student on whose work in progress you are expected to comment.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||2 sessions * 2 hours = 4 hours||1. Introductory seminar will outline the process of writing the dissertation, expectations for the dissertation, and guidance on selecting a research question. 2. Introductor seminar on data collection strategies.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||2 hours||Supervision meetings with module leader and expert advisor.|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activity||5 hours||Study Groups. Students will then be assigned to thematic study groups convened by the module leader and guided by another member of staff acting as expert advisor. In the two study group meetings, students will present on their work in progress and receive feedback from the expert advisor. Each student will be assigned another student on whose work in progress they are expected to comment.|
|Guided independent study||40 hours||Development of initial plan and literature list|
|Guided independent study||120 hours||Dissertation research and production of first draft of dissertation.|
|Guided independent study||9 hours||Preparing presentations of research-in-progress for study group meetings.|
|Guided independent study||120 hours||Completion of final dissertation|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).