LCBB6000 Dissertation Analyse the Evidence Gathered



The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to produce a substantial body of work which has been instigated, developed and produced as a consequence of their own initiative. The dissertation normally arises from individual interest, or from a professional internship period, but will require the student to undertake an independent research investigation. In this context, it will also aim to allow the student to apply a range of analytical skills and techniques, and to develop research based skills by undertaking structured and methodical research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • develop a suitable and appropriate research proposal;
  • critically appraise the literature pertaining to a problem domain;
  • evaluate, select and apply relevant research techniques in both primary and secondary fields;
  • rigorously analyse the evidence gathered;
  • generate and justify appropriate conclusions based on the previous analyses, demonstrating awareness of the limitations of the research;
  • produce an organised and structured document that adheres to academic convention.

Indicative Content

  • Developing and structuring a research proposal: problem identification, formulating.
  • Aims/hypotheses, sampling, ethical issues, and the practicalities of design. Page 2 of 4
  • Research principles and approaches (e.g. the research process, purpose, sources of data including primary/secondary research, quantitative/qualitative  data, objective/hypothesis formation, reliability, validity, generalisability).
  • Research design strategies, (e.g. action research, experiments, surveys, case studies, ethnography), their advantages and limitations, and their suitability to a variety of research contexts.
  • Data collection & sampling methods (e.g. interviews, questionnaires, observation), and their advantages and limitations in a variety of contexts.
  • Data analysis of both qualitative and quantitative information, including the use of appropriate computer software, e.g. SPSS, Survey Monkey.
  • Development of documentation for academic dissertations.
  • Subject-specific content as required.

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