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Module Code: CCS409
Module Title: China Studies Dissertation
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 20.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module represents the capstone project for the Master of China Studies. It provides students with the opportunity to produce a piece of independent research that examines a specific and substantial intellectual problem in depth, and that makes use of appropriate theoretical approaches, techniques and methodologies.
Learning outcomes 
A. Identify a particular project that focusses on an intellectual problem and produce an adequate research plan to address that problem.

B. Identify, analyse and evaluate the literature relevant to the research project.

C. Demonstrate ability to independently plan, organize and conduct library research and, where applicable, fieldwork in order to find solutions to the intellectual problem.

D. Critically evaluate their own work and place it in the context of the secondary literature.

E. Effectively structure and write a dissertation.

Method of teaching and learning 
Work with a supervisor to develop a research project; undertake a research project based on library work, fieldwork, or a work placement; write and present a research outline, interim report, and dissertation. As part of the development of capacity to produce a research dissertation, attend a series of peer review and support research seminars.
The syllabus will typically contain the following information:

The dissertation is a self-contained piece of original work, written and submitted equivalent to four taught Level Five 5 credit modules, normally based on library research, and a short period of fieldwork, or a placement.

Students choose to study a topic of their interest. Each student has a supervisor from the academic staff who will act as advisor throughout their project. Students should maintain close contact with their supervisor throughout the dissertation research and writing process.

The dissertation is expected to investigate their chosen topic in some depth, drawing as appropriate on library research/fieldwork/placement experience, and relevant published research. It is expected to construct an original argument based on informed analysis and offer a sound justification of its interpretations and conclusions. In terms of presentation, the dissertation must be between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length including references and bibliography, and be presented in an electronic readable form, preferably MS Word.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   26  13    75  486  600 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Design 10.00
2 Interim Report 10.00
3 Dissertation Draft 10.00
4 Final Dissertation 70.00

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