Applied Dissertation with Placement in Digital Media & Information Studies INFOSTUD4017P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in a collaborative placement project with an external partner within/relevant to their field of study. Students will produce an individual project on a topic agreed with the subject area/supervisor/placement provider, alongside a developed piece of academic writing contextualizing their research and its relevance in the context of the curriculum/relevant professional arena.

Timetable

Regular supervision sessions will take place during the year with an appointed supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in Digital Media and Information Studies and completion of Junior Honours Applied Dissertation with Placement core course (GEN4---).

Excluded Courses

Dissertation in Digital Media and Information Studies

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

(Option 1):

- Detailed outline of proposed project completed in Junior Hons Applied Dissertation core course, (1000 words) - 10%

- 3 x 400 word Placement Journal entries, each describing a different occasion where students have demonstrated and developed specific skills, linked to GU Graduate Attributes) (1200 words) - 15%)

- Project Output. FLEXIBLE - to be agreed with supervisor/placement provider at proposal stage. Examples include: exhibition; catalogue; film; installation; performance; database; business report; consultation project; policy briefing. (25%)

- Academic write-up, incorporating analysis of project and critical/theoretical framework (5000 words) - 50%.

 

(Option 2):

- Detailed outline of proposed project completed in Junior Hons Applied Dissertation core course (1000 words) - 10%

- 3 x 400 word Placement Journal entries, each describing a different occasion where students have demonstrated and developed specific skills, linked to GU Graduate Attributes) (1200 words) - 15%

- Academic write-up, incorporating analysis of project and critical/theoretical framework (8000 words) - 75%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ engage in a collaborative placement project with an external partner, within/relevant to their field of study;

■ develop an individual project on a topic agreed with the subject area/supervisor and external placement provider;

■  develop planning and time-management skills for a programme of independent research and placement activities;

■ develop the capacity for independent research and writing; 

■ engage with theoretical and practical knowledge of the chosen area of inquiry / relevant professional arena;

■ develop Graduate Attributes and enhance students' perspectives on their graduate employability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss and evaluate, at an advanced level, a particular topic in terms of subject-specific context/theories.

■  employ skills learned within the academic curriculum as part of a placement in the practical and professional arena;

■  plan for, and carry out, an efficient programme of well-managed independent research and placement activity/output;

■  synthesise and write up independent research findings and material;

■  analyse crucial terms of discussion and incorporate relevant critical and theoretical approaches into the written and practical components of their project;

■  analyse the findings/outputs of their chosen project within the context of their relevant academic field;

■  comment on their individual Graduate Attributes and ways in which these have been developed on placement.

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.