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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION The dissertation study-unit provides each registered student with an opportunity to independently identify and investigate a research topic, considered by the Department/Faculty to be a suitable area of research that falls within the expertise of the allocated supervisor. The dissertation study-unit enables students to apply what they have learnt from the study-unit on Research Methods (ICT5901) to a research topic. They should be able to derive main goal and objectives to achieve the expected target of research, critically assess relevant literature, evaluate or test the planned artefact, and present the findings by writing a dissertation in accordance with Faculty guidelines.

Study-unit Aims

1. To apply appropriate scientific approach to propose innovation or improvement in an area of specialisation.
2. To develop skills pertaining to dissertation preparation and presentation methodology.
3. To develop skills in the research, testing, evaluation, presentation, defence and scientific procedure in a research area.

Learning Outcomes

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

The student will be able to demonstrate acquired expertise, define target of research, define originality, expound ideas and defend them through evaluation and orally.

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

1. Develop a motivation and rationale for performing research
2. Find and critically assess relevant literature
3. Describe and justify a research methodology
4. Assess different approaches relevant to the domain and topic of research
5. Analyse and objectively present the results of the evaluation
6. Draw conclusions about the relevance and significance of their research
7. Write a scientific dissertation

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

As advised by the project supervisor

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications: Successful completion of first year of studies with minimum average mark of 55%

**Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Presentation and Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation, Presentation & Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) ** 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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