Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Methodology

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Diplomatic Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides the students with the necessary set of skills and practices needed to write a dissertation/research paper. These include the drafting of a clear title and a focused set of questions which the researcher must answer in the course of writing. This unit also engages students in research skills pertaining to various sources as well as the drawing up of a bibliography and other formal requirements.

Study-unit Aims

Aims include:

1. To introduce the student to the skills required for writing and researching effectively;
2. To enable the students to produce a masters level dissertation in line with the requirements of the University of Malta.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of what one expects of a dissertation;
2. Identify key concepts related to the research topic;
3. Identify a focused research title and question;
4. Become familiar with different methodologies.

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

1. Collect and analyse data;
2. Identify and evaluate different sources and resources;
3. Write academic papers concisely and precisely.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings
All texts are available at MEDAC Library

Anderson, J. 2002. Thesis and Assignment Writing, John Wiley & Sons, US.
Levin, P. 2005. Excellent Dissertations!, Open University Press.
Mounsey, C. 2002. Essays and Dissertations, Oxford, UK.
O'Collins, 2011. G. A Short Guide to Writing a Thesis, ATF Press.
Strunk, W. I. 1999. The Elements of Style, Longman.
Turabian, K. L. 2009. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Modern Language Association of America, US.
Wisker, G. 2007. The Postgraduate Research Handbook, Palgrave.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 30%
Classwork SEM1 Yes 30%
Presentation SEM2 No 40%

LECTURER/S Stephen Calleya (Co-ord.)
Omar Grech
Derek Lutterbeck
Lourdes Pullicino
Monika Wohlfeld

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