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Module PY0749 - MSc Thesis Journal Format Full Time
SYNOPSIS OF MODULE
This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to carry out an empirical investigation related to a topic of their own choice. Students will be allocated to a supervisor with whom they will discuss their ideas and formulate the study. After considering ethical issues and successfully submitting for ethics approval, students will collect, analyse and interpret their data. Students will then write up the thesis using the format of a full journal paper. The submission comprises 100% of the assessment.
INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES
Books and journals relevant to the student's topic of choice.
Access to databases of psychological and other literature (e.g. Web of Science)
AIMS OF MODULE
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to design, manage, analyse and report an advanced piece of research based on their programme of study, adhering to published format guidelines (including referencing and length) for a full paper in a specific journal.
The student will be able to:
1. Develop a research idea using appropriate bibliographic techniques.
2. Design and manage an empirical study related to a topic of their choice.
3. Collect, analyse, and interpret the resulting data appropriately.
4. Consider the ethical issues and guidelines relating to the research, report on the issues where necessary and ethically conduct the investigation.
5. Select a specific journal to which it would be appropriate to submit the research in the form of a full paper.
6. Write up the thesis using the format prescribed by the selected journal.
DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY
LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY
Students will be assigned to an individual supervisor with whom they can liaise for support and guidance. During semester 2 students will meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss the development of the research. The thesis provides students with the opportunity to pursue an advanced piece of research from conception through implementation, analysis, and report. Students will receive a detailed Module Guide which includes guidelines for journal selection. In Semester 3 students will meet with their supervisor as is appropriate to the stage of study and determine a schedule for completion based on the availability of key personnel such as participants, organisations, the student and the supervisor.
ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK STRATEGY
a Summative assessment and rationale for tasks
A written thesis in the form of a journal submission(100%)
Students will develop a research idea using appropriate bibliographic techniques (LO1). With support from the supervisor, the student will operationalise the project proposal (LO2), prepare an application to the School’s Post Graduate Ethics Committee (LO4), and once ethical approval has been obtained, collect the required data and analyse it appropriately (LO3). The student will then select an appropriate journal and write the thesis in the required format, including referencing and length (LO5, LO6).
b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale
Students will meet regularly with their supervisor and receive feedback with regard to their progress.
c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning
Students will receive written feedback on a departmental proforma indicating strengths and weaknesses of the thesis.
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