Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries Campus) MA

Dissertation Preparation Year 3 Primary Education DUMF3077

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is a non-credit-bearing, series of workshops designed to prepare Year 3 Primary Education students for the independent dissertation work they will undertake in Year 4.


2 hours weekly from Weeks 1-5 or 1-6 of Semester 2, depending on the dates of School Experience 3.

Requirements of Entry

Progression into Year 3 of the programme.



Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Not applicable, since this is a formative course.

Course Aims

To prepare Year 3 Primary Education students for independent study in the form of an Honours dissertation to be completed in Year 4. This short formative course should enable students to identify an appropriate dissertation topic and to locate, and begin to engage with, relevant literature prior to the start of Year 4.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify what constitutes an excellent dissertation;

■ select and rationalise an appropriate topic;

■ locate relevant literature, undertake a literature review and reference appropriately;

■ identify, evaluate and select an appropriate research approach, methodology and related methods;

■ present and format the dissertation appropriately.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students should attend all classes to ensure full preparation for the Honours dissertation in Year 4.