Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The dissertation will involve an empirical study in an area of inquiry related to addictive behaviour that will be supervised by a member of faculty. It will involve a written submission of 15,000 to 20, 000 words detailing an introduction, a detailed methodology following a literature review with adequate emphasis on the operationalisation of concepts for empirical inquiry, findings and discussion of these in light of literature, as well as an overarching conclusion, an abstract and full references.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at assisting students in applying their knowledge and skills of research methods and their theoretical understanding of addiction to undertake an empirical project according to prevalent disciplinary standards in the addiction field. The study-unit aims at teaching students to apply their skills and competencies to formulate a research question based in the addiction literature and to design an empirical study that addresses the research question. The study-unit further aims to teach students to evaluate their research in light of the university’s ethical standards and to guide students to obtain ethical clearance for their research. Finally, the study-unit aims to supervise the procedure of data gathering and data analysis to satisfy disciplinary standards in a way that addresses the research question articulated at the start and to develop practical recommendations for the future.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Critically evaluate the addiction literature by developing an articulated research question that is amenable to empirical inquiry;
- Conceptualize phenomena and operationalise these concerns by translating theoretical questions into research questions;
- Identify research strategies that answer the research questions;
- Critically evaluate findings to address the identified gaps in the literature and to recommend policy and practice interventions.

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

- Design an empirical study that addresses research questions in their individual and cultural complexity;
- Formulate research questions in quantitative and qualitative terms;
- Operationalise phenomena as variables for empirical inquiry;
- Undertake research to gather data;
- Analyse the data gathering in line with disciplinary requirements and according to disciplinary standards and procedures;
- Draw correct and relevant conclusions from research findings;
- Report research findings in such a way to provide an answer to research questions;
- Articulate recommendations for research and advance relevant suggestions for practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Selected readings on topic of research proposal

- Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association.
- Swetnam, D., & Swetnam, R. (2000). Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present successful work. Oxford: How to books.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation


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