The module will support students in carrying out independent research on a topic of their choice within the field of Official/Social Statistics.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify appropriate data sources, conduct statistical analysis and synthesise your findings.
- Use and develop written and oral presentation skills.
- Make use of appropriate referencing styles and other aspects of academic writing.
- Build a literature review, identifying and critically assessing the relevant literature on the field of interest.
- Identify key questions in the area of official statistics and conduct independent research to address them.
The module will include:
- information made available via Blackboard and the programme handbook which outlines expectations for the preparation of the Dissertation (guidelines, aims, choice of topic, period of study, supervision, length, layout, language, referencing, bibliography, figures/tables, risk assessment form, ethics, disclaimer, binding);
- a presentation session where you will present your project proposal;
- meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor to discuss progress;
- 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 Programme Co-ordinator and your allocated Dissertation Supervisor
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning methods include an oral presentation with feedback, dissertation supervision sessions with supervisor and independent study. These sessions may take place online or face-to-face depending on circumstances and feasbility.
|Total study time||600|
Resources & Reading list
Other. Dissertation skills materials will be available on Blackboard along with suggested reading and links to other useful resources. Guidance on practical aspects of producing the dissertation can be found in the programme handbook
Swetnam, Derek (1997). Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present your work successfully. Oxford: How to Books.
Rudestam, Kjell Erik (2007). Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
Hart, Chris (2005). 'Doing your masters dissertation : realizing your potential as a social scientist'. London: SAGE Publications.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External