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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Studies Dissertation Part A (SCET10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPreparation towards Scottish Studies Dissertation Part B undertaken in Year 4. Students will work with a supervisor to establish and define their topic of interest in relation to any relevant aspect of Scottish Studies as defined within the MA (Hons) in Scottish Studies degree programme (UTSCOTS). This will include research exercises in primary and secondary sources to establish an appropriate methodology and bibliography; reading and reporting on the central primary and secondary texts; and the definition of the research questions and issues posed by the material.
Course description The course offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth research project on a subject that holds special interest to the student, on a topic associated with one or more of the Level 10 taught courses offered on the MA (Hons) Scottish Studies programme. The topic must be approved by the course organiser who will appoint an appropriate supervisor. The course will help to develop core research skills relating to initial planning, development of a research proposal, methodological design and bibliographic engagement and review. This will prepare the student for the partner course, Scottish Studies Dissertation Part B, to be taken in the final year of study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 190 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Literature Review 2,500 words (40%)
Research Proposal 2500 words (40%)
Oral presentation (online if required) 20 minutes (20%)
Formative Assessment
Topic Proposal 300 words,
Bibliography and referencing exercise (formative) 300 words
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify a viable research topic and plan an extended research project
  2. identify and critically assess relevant academic material in their area of research
  3. demonstrate analytical and organisational skills in a particular area of research
  4. develop and apply appropriate methodological framework for sustained research in their chosen area
  5. demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion, independent time management
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Neill Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1981
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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