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WEBS3001 Web Science Dissertation

Module Overview

In recognition of the importance of the dissertation, it is treated as the equivalent of the workload of two third-year units. As such, you should treat it as a quarter of your workload in each third-year semester and plan your work accordingly. In preparing your dissertation you should bear in mind that marks are awarded for the structure of an argument as well as its content. Readers should be given ‘signposts’ regarding this structure. An argument that is well developed and sub-divided in a logical and systematic fashion will be more compelling than a ramble through the subject. A good dissertation will focus on a definite topic, and will develop a coherent analysis of this topic, showing evidence of the application of social scientific theories and methods.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The researching and writing of a 10,000 word dissertation is a year-long project of largely independent study. It provides you with the opportunity to integrate and hone a variety of skills acquired and extended during your studies, and to significantly deepen your knowledge of a topic of your choice. In many ways, the dissertation is the culmination of your studies in Web Science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging research questions relevant to Web Science
  • Transferrable and generic skills to present specialist information tailored to an academic audience.
  • Transferrable and generic skills to work independently on a significant research project
  • Subject specific practical skills to use a range of sources to locate and critically appraise relevant information.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills to apply your knowledge and understanding to specific problems and research questions
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills to acquire and assess different ways of thinking and problem solving within- and across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills to employ qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to examine and analyse aspects of the Web.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills to critically appraise and integrate knowledge from a range of social and technical approaches.


The topic or topics covered will be agreed by negotiation between yourself and the supervisor(s) who is allocated to support you with your project.

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task300
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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