This module supports the requirement for students to carry out independent research on a topic of their choice within the field of Gerontology.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Carry out independent research
- Collect, analyse and interpret data
- Identify key research questions within the field of Gerontology upon which you will carry out independent research
- Use developed report writing skills
- Identify and summarise relevant literature
- Apply the research training acquired in the taught element of the programme by designing an appropriate research strategy and research methodology to carry out your research
- Use referencing skills and other aspects of academic writing
- Draw out the implications of your research for further research and policy/practice
- Write up the process of carrying out independent research and report your results with reference to existing literature
- Carry out a literature review of the relevant field
- Understand and apply theoretical frameworks to the chosen area of study
- Undertake the collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative, quantitative or documentary data to investigate your chosen key research questions; or carry out a literature-based study on a selected research issue
- Manage your time effectively whilst working on your independent research
The module will include:
- Dissertation Workshops to outline expectations for the preparation of the Dissertation (guidelines, aims, choice of topic, period of study, supervision, length, layout, language, referencing, figures/tables, risk assessment form, ethics, disclaimer);
- meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor over the summer period;
- and independent study.
As part of this module, you will be offered an opportunity to discuss and agree the topic of your dissertation with the MSc Dissertations Tutor and your allocated Dissertation Supervisor. You will be given guidance on the preparation of your dissertation via Dissertation Workshops and through general support and direction by your Dissertation Supervisor while you are carrying out your independent research and writing it up. Your Dissertation Supervisor will meet with you during the summer period to discuss progress of your dissertation, advise you on the structure and comment on outlines of chapters. You will have the chance to present your dissertation proposal to members of the Centre for Research on Ageing team, and receive formative feedback.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
MSc Dissertation Workshops, MSc Dissertation Handbook, use of Blackboard, supervision meetings.
|Total study time||600|
Resources & Reading list
Denscombe, M. (2010). The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Biggam, J. (2015). Succeeding with your Master's dissertation: A step-by-step handbook. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Bryman, A. (2016). Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bell, J. (2010). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Petticrew, M. and H. Roberts (2006). Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide. Malden, Mass; Oxford: Blackwell.
Aveyard, H. (2014). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External