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Postgraduate Course: MSc Dissertation (ARCH11197)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents are encouraged to build upon and further develop the body of knowledge gained from their taught coursework, in a dissertation (a detailed written discourse of 15,000 words).
Course description The aims and objectives of the course are to demonstrate skills in rigorous investigation and synthesis in the production of an authoritative written discourse; to develop a personal position in relation to architectural conservation, and establish a position in relation to the wider context of the subject; and to explore a theme within a particular area of interest within conservation and pursue an enquiring and critical approach to the subject.

The structure and content of the course chiefly comprises individual tutorials, and some lectures. Students are encouraged to build upon and further develop the body of knowledge gained from their taught courses. A special Research Methods project at the beginning of the course will introduce students to the concepts and practical issues involved in conducting and completing research in architectural conservation.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements An overall percentage ┬┐mark┬┐ of at least 50 for the 120 credits of course work in Semesters 1 and 2.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 15, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 483 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be by a written dissertation, which will enable students to satisfy all three learning outcomes. Course grades will be 100% based on this piece of work. Each learning outcome will be separately graded (and equally weighted).
Feedback The student will be required to produce two research proposals (outline and final) on which verbal feedback by tutorial will be given.

Additionally, written supervisor-feedback on final draft text will be offered to students who request it.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability in a wide range of research skills and methodologies, as appropriate to a significant project of research and investigation.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to complex issues which require informed/critical judgements.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to present a written piece of work which conforms to an agreed layout and format, and which is consistently clear and coherent.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography:

Berry, R (1986). How to write a research paper, 2nd ed. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Fairbairn, Gavin (1991) Reading, writing and reasoning: a guide for students, Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
Brink-Budgen, Roy van den (2000) Critical thinking for students: learn the skills of critical assessment and effective argument, Oxford: How To Books.
Borden, I. and Ruedi, K. (2005) The Dissertation: an architecture student's handbook, 2nd edition, Oxford, Architectural Press.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Experience in a wide range of research methodologies and techniques.
Ability to devise and structure reasoned academic arguments and analyses.
Experience in the production of well-presented and illustrated, in-depth reports
Special Arrangements A Masters requires a minimum of 180 credits - 120 are at Diploma.
Course organiserDr Miles Glendinning
Tel: (0131 6)51 5789
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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