Hispanic Dissertation HISP4015P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course allows students to work independently on an extended piece of work, giving them experience of carrying out individual research and using library resources and other research tools independently.



Requirements of Entry

Confirmed acceptance on to the Honours Spanish or Hispanic Studies programmes.


Dissertation (c. 6000 words), submitted by the end of Semester 1 of Senior Honours year.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To allow students to carry out an in-depth academic study in an area of Hispanic studies of their choice (within the range of expertise available in the Department);
To give students experience of conducting individual research and using library resources and other research tools independently;
To develop students' ability to construct and present sustained arguments on specialized topics;
To allow students to evaluate and implement the most suitable presentational approach;
To develop good academic practice regarding use of sources and references to sources;
To foster students' ability to work independently on a major project;

To allow students to reflect on and articulate the skills they have developed in the process of writing a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course students will have:
1) planned and produced a substantial, carefully-researched and well-presented dissertation (c. 6,000 words);
2) through the work produced, shown an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic;
3) demonstrated through their work the acquisition and implementation of individual research skills, including appropriate use of sources;
4) shown the ability to use IT skills and web resources as appropriate;
5) demonstrated the ability to work independently;

6) through the Reflective Appendix, show an awareness of their achievement in terms of skills relevant to potential future employment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.