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  1. Module Overview


  The Final Year Dissertation module is unlike any of the other modules on your degree. It isn’t based

  on lectures, tutorials and an examination, it gives you the opportunity to pursue work on a subject

  you are particularly interested in, it gives you a chance to show initiative, use and build on the skills

  and knowledge that you’ve developed so far. A Dissertation is not expected to be a wholly original

  piece of work, but you will be expected to show that you have exercised initiative and worked

  independently. A Dissertation does not have to be a professionally finished product, but it must

  show a good understanding of the subject area and associated tools and techniques for research.

  The Dissertation gives you the chance to exercise skills that will be important to you in your future

  career and which are difficult to measure in other ways: to do well you will need to show initiative,

  motivation and the ability to work in an organised fashion over an extended period. Most students

  find doing the Dissertation a very useful and rewarding experience. In addition, future employers

  are often very interested in a student’s Dissertation.

  The Dissertation is a very significant part of the degree. It is equivalent to a quarter of your final

  year, furthermore an Honours degree cannot be awarded unless the Dissertation module has been


  Aims of the Dissertation

  The overall aims of the Dissertation are that you will be expected to:

  • Be required to combine previously acquired knowledge and techniques with newly

  investigated ideas, the results to be communicated in a report;

  • Work independently under the guidance of a Supervisor on a Dissertation of your choice

  and be expected to develop it systematically;

  • Produce an extended piece of work covering a variety of activities related to a single theme.


  Choosing a Dissertation

  The first and often most difficult task is to find a suitable subject for a Dissertation. The topic you

  choose for your Dissertation must obviously be one which you find interesting and on which you

  want to work on over the whole year. A Dissertation topic must be of a suitable standard for a

  Dissertation and subject to the approval of the Module leader.

  There are several ways of choosing a Dissertation topic:

  • Develop an idea of your own. If you have an idea that you think would be suitable for a

  Dissertation, go and discuss it with the module leader. Even if your initial idea is slightly

  vague, it is essential that you talk to an member of staff - this often has the effect of

  crystallising your ideas and generating a suitable Dissertation topic.

  • Do a Dissertation suggested by a member of staff. Most members of staff have a list of

  Dissertation topics which they are interested in supervising. You can obtain this list from

  the VLE.

  • Develop a previous Dissertation. If a student wishes to do this then it is essential that the

  student consults the Supervisor of the Dissertation and it is recommended that the same

  Supervisor should be chosen.

  • Do a Dissertation suggested by some outside organisation. Just because you have chosen to

  do a ‘real Dissertation’ this does not necessarily mean that it is suitable as an

  undergraduate Dissertation, you will have to discuss it with a Supervisor.

  The Role of the Supervisor

  Your Dissertation Supervisor can have a crucial role in the development of your Dissertation. You

  must maintain regular contact with your Dissertation Supervisor. Exactly how often such contact

  takes place is up to you and your Dissertation Supervisor. Most people find a regular fortnightly

  meeting appropriate. Make sure you know how to contact your Dissertation Supervisor, either by

  mail, telephone or email. It is unwise to rely on just being able to turn up and knock on your

  Dissertation Supervisor’s office door.

  The duties of the Dissertation Supervisor include:

  • Helping you decide on the scope of your Dissertation;

  • Helping you to produce a plan of work for the year;

  • Checking up on the progress you are making throughout the year;

  • Being available to provide informed discussion and guidance about the Dissertation;

  • Advising on the contents and style of the Final Dissertation Report.

  They do not include guiding every detail of your work on your Dissertation or proof reading all your

  Final Dissertation Report the week before it is due.

  Organising your Time

  As a rough guide the Dissertation should take up to 300 hours of your time, in total; this time

  should be distributed evenly throughout the year. If you spend much longer than this on your

  Dissertation you will be in danger of interfering with work for other modules. Hence any possible

  benefit gained from producing a slightly better Dissertation will be outweighed by the harm done

  to your marks on other modules. If you find that your Dissertation is taking up too much of your

  time, consult your Dissertation Supervisor who will be able to advise you.

  You are strongly recommended to keep a Dissertation diary, in which you record all the work,

  activities and decisions made during the Dissertation. This will help you to keep to your work plan,

  and also be a useful source of material when you come to write the Final Report.

  Background Research

  It will be necessary for you to do background research on your chosen Dissertation topic. Ideally,

  you should do this background research during the summer vacation before your final year. Like

  every other aspect of the Dissertation the best way to achieve this is to produce a plan of what to

  do. In this case the best method is to produce a list of topics that you (and your Dissertation

  Supervisor) think are relevant to your Dissertation. Once you have done this it will be necessary to

  produce a list of references that cover each of the topics on your list.

  Once you have compiled your list of references you have got to read them. It is essential that you

  make notes on each reference as you read it. These notes will assist you when writing your Final


  How to Succeed

  The key to success in the Dissertation module is to write a work schedule, and then to adhere to it.

  You should prepare your work schedule in consultation with your Dissertation Supervisor, who will

  help you to make realistic estimates of how long various tasks will take. The Dissertation

  Supervisor’s first job may be to cut down what you propose to a reasonable size. Do not be

  disheartened by this; when you are preparing a plan of work for the first time it is very easy to

  under-estimate how long things will take. It is better to produce a complete, well-rounded but

  medium-sized Dissertation than to make a botched job of something very ambitious. Remember it

  always takes longer than you think, therefore you should allow extra time in your schedule so that

  things like illness or unexpected machine failure do not totally ruin your schedule.

  It is sometimes difficult to adhere to a plan of work because, as you acquire greater knowledge and

  expertise in the subject, you will probably think of other approaches to the problem, or extra

  features that you (or your client) would like to add in to your Dissertation. This is normal. If you

  really have to change some aspect of your Dissertation, discuss the matter with your Dissertation

  Supervisor first; keep records of your original approach and reasons for the change - these should

  be documented in the Final Report.

  Throughout the course of the Dissertation you are expected to adopt a professional attitude, taking

  responsibility for the management of the work according to the work schedule.

  How not to Fail

  In this section are listed some of the reasons why students have failed the Dissertation module or

  not done as well as they expected:

  • Not reading this guide, or having read it ignoring the advice and the requirements laid out

  in it. Solution: read this guide and do what is says.

  • Choosing a Dissertation topic that requires the access to Specialists. This will cause

  problems if the required resources are difficult or impossible to acquire, in this situation a

  student will have great difficulty in completing the Dissertation by the deadline. Solution:

  make sure that ALL of the resources you require for your Dissertation are available from the


  • Failure to maintain regular contact with your Dissertation Supervisor. This is very important

  because without the regular guidance given by the Supervisor the student can end up

  producing a piece of work which is not suitable as a Dissertation. In extreme cases where

  the student has very little contact with the Supervisor, this almost always results in the

  student failing the Dissertation. Solution: this is the most common reason for failing, so see

  your Dissertation Supervisor regularly.

  • Including material taken from books, articles, etc., which you do not understand. Solution:

  do not include any material in your Final Report which you do not understand.

  • Using material taken from books, articles, etc., which has not been acknowledged: this will

  give the false impression that you are claiming that it is your own work. Again this is easy to

  discover, and is regarded as academic malpractice; which could ultimately lead to you

  failing your degree! Note: it is, of course, legitimate to make use of literature providing that

  you acknowledge it and that it is not the only material in your Dissertation. Solution: do not

  use any unacknowledged material.

  • Not including a critical evaluation of the work performed during the Dissertation in the

  conclusion. Solution: perform a critical evaluation of your work and include it in your


  • Thinking that a Dissertation is just a large course work. The Dissertation must include work

  of greater depth, be more substantial than a large course work, show the development of

  existing skills and the acquisition of new skills. Solution: you must do sufficient and

  appropriate work.

  • Rushing the write up of the Final Report, resulting in poor illogical structure, English, layout,

  contents, etc. This results in a sloppy and poorly-written Report which does not create a

  good impression. Solution: you should try to write the Final Report as you do the work,

  rather than leave it until just before it must be submitted.

  Note: this is not an exhaustive list and there are still plenty of novel ways to fail the Dissertation.

  Cheating and Plagiarism

  While you are studying here your academic performance will be assessed on the basis of your own

  work. Students who cheat are trying to gain an unfair advantage over other students. These are

  serious offences within the University, and anyone caught cheating in the Dissertation is likely to

  have their registration suspended or be excluded from the whole course.

  Plagiarism is a particular form of cheating. Plagiarism must be avoided. It is your responsibility to

  ensure that you understand correct referencing practices. Consult your Dissertation Supervisor if

  you need any further advice. As a university student, you are expected to use appropriate

  references and keep carefully detailed notes of all your sources of material, including any down

  loaded from the Internet. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are not vulnerable to any

  alleged breaches of the assessment regulations.

  2. Learning Outcomes

  On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse a system, issue, or problem of current interest within the context

  of computing and Web (CW1).

  2. Construct a thorough, well-focused and detailed plan and negotiate appropriate final and

  intermediate deliverables and associated learning (CW1).

  3. Evaluate appropriate academic research literature and theoretical perspectives relevant to the

  chosen topic (CW1,CW3).

  4. Manage the dissertation effectively demonstrating systematic and effective planning, progress

  monitoring, reflection and use of time and resources. (CW2 ,CW3).

  5. Synthesise and confirm information, ideas and practices from both secondary and primary

  sources (CW3).

  6. Critically evaluate the methodology undertaken to fulfil the aim and the objectives of the

  dissertation (CW3).

  7. Articulate and demonstrate the outcomes of the dissertation clearly and in a professional

  manner (CW3).

  3. Outline Content

  Since the Dissertation is individually negotiated, most learning will be self-directed under the

  guidance of your supervisor. However, we recognise that there are some specific aspects of the

  Dissertation with which most students require assistance. Consequently, some support and

  workshop sessions are provided during the autumn term. These workshop sessions reinforce and

  develop this knowledge, together with specific Dissertation-related issues in order to help you

  apply it to your own context.

  Workshops are planned to include activities on the following:

  • Critical literature review and information searching using books, journals and electronic


  • Footnotes, end notes, referencing and bibliographic form.

  • Ethics

  • Research design and management, to include problem formulation, case selection,

  justification of choice of research methods, data production, methods of analysis,

  dissertation management and writing research reports.

  • Research methodologies, particularly the distinction between quantitative and qualitative


  • Critical reading and evaluation of research in terms of how well it focuses on, and answers,

  the research questions posed.

  • Analysis of different types of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Writing your report.

  • Evaluation methods

  4. VLE (Blackboard)

  The Virtual Learning Environment will be used as follows:

  • Provision of resources (materials and links) with online activities for learning including short

  lectures on specific relevant topics.

  • Submitting coursework

  Blackboard can be accessed through the

  5. Assessment

  CW1 Individual Extended Dissertation Proposal (20%)

  Learning Outcomes: LO1, LO2, LO3. (See CW Document on BB)

  CW1 will require students to develop a detailed and extended dissertation proposal, which will

  identify and elaborate the dissertation title, aims, objectives, and scope and an early Literature

  Review. Students will identify possible references/ resources and include a detailed dissertation

  plan and identify and describe the dissertation.

  CW2 Interim Report and Negotiated Outcome (20%)

  Learning Outcomes: LO4. (See CW Document on BB)

  The Interim report will vary depending on the type of dissertation. It is expected that all

  dissertations will report and analyse progress made against a plan.

  CW3 Final Dissertation Report (60%)

  Learning Outcomes: LO5, LO6, LO7. (See CW Document on BB)

  All students will produce a final report. This is expected to be the only deliverable and be of the

  order of 8,000- 10,000 words. All final reports will include an evaluation and reflection on the

  dissertation process and outputs.

  Formative Assessment

  Formative assessment in this module consists of written and verbal feedback designed to

  encourage and motivate your participation throughout the module. Your supervisor will provide

  feedback on sections of your Dissertation report.

  Word limits

  It is important for you to note that the number of words must always be declared on your

  assignment submission. Writing concisely for a purpose is an essential skill for many aspects of life.

  Word Limits are advisory, but should be taken seriously: over-length work can be penalised for poor

  writing style (waffle).

  6. Reading List

  Students will be directed to a wide range of reading, but there are certain core texts that will be

  referred to during workshops:

  Baase, S., (2008) A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing and the internet,

  Prentice Hall

  Davies, M.B. (2007) Doing a Successful Research Dissertation: using qualitative or quantitative

  methods, Palgrave Macmillan.

  Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. (2003) The Landscape of Qualitative Research – theories and issues, 2nd

  edition, Sage.

  Flick, U. (2006) An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 3rd edition, Sage.

  Holliday, A. (2007) Doing and Writing Qualitative Research, 2nd edition, Sage.

  McNiff, J. & Whitehead, J. (2006) All You Need to Know About Action Research, Sage.

  Oliver, P. (2003) The Student’s Guide to Research Ethics, Open University Press.

  Prior, L. (2003) Using documents in Social Research, Sage.

  Punch, K.F. (2005) Introduction to Social Research, 2nd edition, Sage.

  Silverman, D. (2005) Doing Qualitative Research, 2nd edition, Sage.

  Sinkin, R.M. (2005) Statistics for the Social sciences, 3rd edition, Sage.

  Walliman, N. (2005) Your Research Dissertation, 2nd edition, Sage.

  Walliman, N. (2004) Your Undergraduate dissertation – the essential guide for success, 2nd edition,


  White, B. (2003) Dissertation Skills: for Business and Management students, Thomson.

  Yin, K.Y. (2003) Case study Research – design and methods, 3rd edition, Sage

  Supplementary texts

  Students should refer to their chosen topic area/particular methodological approach and seek out

  relevant Level 6 texts.

  Key journals

  Students should utilise both electronic journals and those in hard copy to support their research for

  this module.

  Other learning resources

  On-line electronic databases

  Appropriate web sites

  Workshop/Blackboard materials