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Undergraduate Course: History Dissertation (HIST10309)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is an independent piece of work by 4th year students, based chiefly on primary sources. The Supervisor provides guidance to the student at several key stages of the project, but the essence is one of independent study and research by the student himself/herself.
Course description The Dissertation (worth 40 credit points) is an important component of final year of honours study. It gives students the opportunity to develop their own research project on a subject that interests them and is of their own choosing. The Dissertation should also represent a summation of the organisational and analytical skills that students have developed throughout their studies as an undergraduate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs Nil.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 387 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One research proposal (Pass/Fail)

One written dissertation (100%)
Feedback Students have meetings with their dissertation supervisor whilst working on their dissertation and this allows them to discuss progress and receive feedback. Written feedback on the final submitted dissertation is made available to students after the Exam Boards.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information As in indicated below the Dissertation is based on independent research. Accordingly there are no scheduled class hours. Supervisors and students arrange on a one-to-one basis times for them to meet to discuss the various stages of the project.
KeywordsHistory Dissertation
Course organiserDr Stephen McDowall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3754
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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