Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Methods for Undergraduate Dissertations

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is intended to equip undergraduate students taking Honours with the basic tools needed to develop, structure and write a dissertation on a chosen research topic. Students will be shown how to develop and draft research proposals and large research documents, and be made aware of the differences between quantitative and qualitative methodologies, ethical considerations and the principles of research integrity, amongst other pertinent topics.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To familiarise students with the basics required to develop, structure and draft research projects;
2. To equip students with the necessary tools to make the decisions and choices necessary when planning and conducting independent research;
3. To instruct students of the best practices related to academic research.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Define the main components required to compile an extensive document for a research project;
2. Recall the main principles that underpin ethical conduct and integrity when carrying out academic research;
3. Carry out an effective literature review on a specific research topic;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the different research methodologies and data representation required to design a research proposal.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Write a research proposal for a dissertation on a topic related to their field;
2. Identify the main features of a research project by critically assessing the objectives, structure and overall composition of an existing dissertation;
3. Efficiently structure, format and organise a large text document in Microsoft Word.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Greetham, B. (2009) "How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation". Palgrave Macmillan. [Main Library General LB2369 .G747]

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Gianmarco Alberti
Maxine Anastasi
Jean-Paul Baldacchino
John Charles Betts
Arthur Bezzina
Dennis Mizzi
Nicholas Vella (Co-ord.)

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