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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation ( MSc Dance Science & Education ) (REDU11089)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe Dissertation is a major study demanding the course member a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides the opportunity to identify, reflect on, and explore a topic that has implications for the student's own professional development. The Dissertation will involve a critical interrogation of the relationship between professional practice, academic theory and the design, ethics and interpretation of research.
Course description There are a number of possible types of dissertation that may be considered appropriate (e.g. empirical research, desk-based research, research proposal, practicum/work-based research placement or journal article style dissertation). Students in discussion with their supervisors and with the MSc Dissertation Director should decide the focus and design of the study. Whether empirical or not, the dissertation should demonstrate an understanding of research design, data collection and analysis, presentation and research ethics.

Before writing the dissertation and/or collecting any data, students must submit a detailed dissertation proposal and they must obtain ethical approval for their project. If the proposal is satisfactory, a student may begin work on the dissertation. Students will receive support and guidance from their supervisor while developing their proposals and while carrying out the project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The dissertation can be submitted in the following formats:
a) Task 1 (80%) A 12,000 to 15,000 word document
b) Task 2 (20%) a digital abstract* of the research. A digital (video) abstract is an accompanying feature for the dissertation that aims to attract viewers to the dissertation.


An additional choice of format is available for empirical studies, subject to agreement with your supervisor.

Task 1 (80%) - The dissertation is submitted as a Journal article style submission of research project (max 6000 words including references, figures and tables).
Task 2 (20%) a digital abstract* of the research. A digital (video) abstract is an accompanying feature for research articles that aims to attract viewers to the scientific paper.

*The aim of the digital (video) abstract is to promote the highlights of the study. Therefore, it should include the main conclusions and results of the paper, but it should also add something to the written paper. Ideally, it should engage viewers by telling a story, for example by starting with a particular finding, a question, or a distinctive topic around which the story will unfold. The emphasis must be on ways of capturing the attention of your audience, encouraging them to read your research.

In addition, students must submit a written research proposal of 1000 - 2000 words to pass the course.
Feedback Students receive significant feedforward guidance on various aspects of their dissertation from their supervisor including detailed individualised comments on one draft chapter.
Students present a poster outlining their proposals for formative feedback at a 'conference' to which all academic staff and doctoral students are invited.
Students receive feedback/ forward on their written proposals from their dissertation supervisor
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Specify a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation justifying its theoretical significance, relevance and practical feasibility
  2. Identify and reflect critically on relevant up-to-date literature
  3. Justify the approaches and techniques used identifying the implications of these decisions
  4. Critically examine the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken in theoretical and applied terms
  5. Demonstrate that the study complies with relevant ethical guidelines & engages appropriately with academic conventions (style, tone, structuring and referencing)
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsdissertation,research,dance science and education
Course organiserMs Wendy Timmons
Tel: (0131 6)51 6596
Course secretaryMrs Nicola Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3565
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