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Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook
 
 
Foreword
Foreword
Welcome to the master’s dissertation/thesis module handbook. Dr. Allan Osborne is the module tutor
Introduction for the master's dissertation/thesis modules which belong to the Project Management Programme in
the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. This framework includes the following programmes:
Higher Education Framework
 
Roles and Responsibilities MSc Project Management 
MSc Construction Project Management 
Supervision
MSc Building Design Management and BIM 
MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) 
Research Resources
MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.CESI) 
Research Proposal Form
 
There are several master's dissertation/thesis modules included with the framework. Each
Research E-Journal
dissertation/thesis module is worth 60 credit points of independent postgraduate study at level 7. The
Research Evidence File relevant dissertation/thesis module for each specialist project management pathway can be identified
in the following list:
Ethical Considerations  

Research Project Ethics BE1036 Professional Practice Thesis - MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with
Registration Form EI.CESI) 
BE1180 Dissertation (Project Management) - MSc Project Management and MSc Project
Research Project Ethics Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) 
Approval Form BE1181 Dissertation (Construction Project Management) - MSc Construction Project
Management 
Research Participant Consent BE1268 Dissertation (Building Design Management and BIM) or BE1269 Work-based Dissertation
Form (Building Design Management and BIM) - MSc Building Design Management and BIM 

Data Protection  
The length of time it takes students to complete one of the master's dissertation/thesis modules is
Dissertation/Thesis dependent upon their programme and mode of study and the date of their progression and enrolment
on to the relevant dissertation/thesis module. Students will be informed of the date of their enrolment
Declaration Form on to the relevant dissertation/thesis module and the date they are required to submit their
dissertation/thesis by their Northumbria programme administrator. This key information will also be
Title Page displayed as an eLP announcement on the welcome page to the eLP course site. All being well,
students will usually commence their studies on their relevant research module following the
Front Cover Northumbria examination board held immediately after the completion of the taught modules for their
particular programme and mode of study.
Submission Requirements  
Following successful completion of 120 credit points of taught and directed postgraduate study at level
Submission Dates 7, students who successfully complete the relevant dissertation/thesis module for their programme of
study will be considered for the relevant Northumbria master’s award (equivalent to 180 credit points
Deferment Regulations of postgraduate study at level 7). Students who fail the dissertation/thesis module at first attempt will
usually be given the opportunity to submit a referral attempt for a maximum mark of 50%. The
Assessment Procedures opportunity to resit is determined by the Chair of the Northumbria examination board.
 
Assessment Criteria Each research module provides an opportunity for students to undertake a piece of independent
research on a subject of their own choice. The research must be relevant to the ethos of their
Dissertation Viva Voce postgraduate programme of study. MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.CESI)
students are required to relate their research and thesis to the workplace environment of their
Thesis Viva Voce professional practice placement employer. This is also the case for MSc Building Design Management
and BIM students who choose to complete BE1269 instead of BE1268.
 
Students are required to choose a topic which is of interest to them and which allows them to
demonstrate the relevant research module’s learning outcomes. Students must also choose a topic
which will enable them to carry out empirical research and write their dissertation/thesis within the
available timescale. Students will be able to defer submission of their dissertation/thesis on one
occasion.

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Before enrolling on a research module, students must have:
 

Studied the pre-requisite module BE1231 Master's Empirical Research and Work-based
Dissertation Preparation (worth 0 credit points of postgraduate study at level 7). 
Submitted their Research Proposal Form whilst studying BE1231. 
Received a Pass result following the submission of their Research Proposal Form. 
Submitted their Research Project Ethics Registration Form whilst studying BE1231. 
Received ethical approval for their research proposal. 
Received official progression status, in accordance with the Northumbria assessment regulations,
to progress and enrol on to the relevant research module. 

 
Although this handbook should provide students with the answers to many of the queries they may
have whilst enrolled on one of the relevant research modules, should any remain unanswered,
students should speak/communicate directly with the module tutor and/or programme coordinator as
approriate.
 
From this point forward, the module handbook will be written from the perspective of a single
dissertation/thesis module. Students are required to comprehend and apply this information and
guidance within the context of their specialist dissertation/thesis module.

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Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook
 
 
Introduction
Foreword
The module aims to direct the student to produce a dissertation/thesis which is an individual, student-
Introduction directed and supervisor-led piece of original research. The student's research topic is required to fully
acknowledge the philosophy, aims and objectives, and learning outcomes of the Programme
Higher Education Framework
Specification relevant to their programme of study within the Project Management Programme.
 
Roles and Responsibilities
The student is required to fully adhere to a number of relatively complex procedural and submission
Supervision requirements. The rationale for and an explanation of these requirements are outlined in this
handbook. Accordingly, the student and their supervisor(s) should familiarize themselves with its
Research Resources contents.
 
Research Proposal Form Prior to progression, and during enrolment on to the module, the student is required to prepare and
submit (and attend) the following components of formative and summative assessment:
Research E-Journal  

Research Evidence File Research Proposal Form (which is formatively assessed during BE1231 and does not carry any
marks); 
Ethical Considerations Research Project Ethics Registration Form (which is summatively assessed as a Pass or Fail
during BE1231 and is scrutinized by a representative of the Faculty Research Committee (FRC)
Research Project Ethics or the module tutor and is a strict University requirement); 
Registration Form Research Supervision Programme Form (which is used to monitor attendance and engagement); 
Research Participant Consent Form(s) (which must be completed by all participants taking part
Research Project Ethics in the research project); 
Approval Form Dissertation/Thesis (which is summatively assessed and contributes to the module mark); 
Research e-journal (which is formatively assessed and used to confirm the authenticity of the
Research Participant Consent dissertation/thesis); 
Form Research Evidence File (which is formatively assessed and also used to confirm the authenticity
of the dissertation/thesis); 
Data Protection Thesis Viva Voce (which is summatively assessed for BE1036 and helps to confirm the
unmoderated mark of the thesis); or in the case of the other research modules; 
Dissertation/Thesis Dissertation Viva Voce (which is formatively assessed and helps to confirm the unmoderated
mark of the dissertation). 
Declaration Form
 
Title Page A successful master’s dissertation/thesis will present a thorough and critical review of relevant
literature and of current subject knowledge. It will demonstrate high levels of analytical and critical
Front Cover awareness, the ability to synthesize theories and the ability to relate theory to practice. This
theoretical base should be tested against appropriate practical illustrations.
Submission Requirements  
Whilst working towards the execution of their research project, the student will be supported by a
Submission Dates supervisor/supervisors. In all cases, the student will be allocated one supervisor drawn from a panel of
experienced academic/research staff at Northumbria from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.
Deferment Regulations In addition, the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.CESI) student will be
allocated a supervisor selected from a panel of experienced academic staff at EI.CESI as well as an
Assessment Procedures
industrial mentor at their employing organization. The MSc Project Management (dual award in
collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to
Assessment Criteria
complete their research, will also be allocated a local supervisor chosen from a panel of experienced
Dissertation Viva Voce academic/industrial staff at Chalmers. The Chalmers programme leader will co-ordinate the allocation
of local supervisors. Supervisors guide and counsel the student during the process of further
Thesis Viva Voce developing and refining their independent learning and research skills. Successful completion of the
module requires the student to use their independent learning and research skills in order to initiate,
design and undertake a piece of critical, reflective academic research that will lead them to produce
an original 15,000-word thesis for BE1036 (the maximum word limit is 20,000 words) or a 20,000-
word dissertation for all other research modules (with a recommended word limit of 15,000 words).
 
The module will build upon the concepts and theories presented during the research methods module,
BE1171 Research Skills and Methods of Enquiry, in which research skills, methodological approaches,
data gathering, and handling and analysis techniques are considered to be the essential tools of

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their thesis mark will not be presented and confirmed at the Northumbria examination board by the module tutor until such time that they have presented themselves for examination and satisfied the examiners and module tutor. conclusions and recommendations from their study during a one-hour presentation/viva voce.   Following supervision and guidance sessions. telephone.   A viva voce will be arranged for all other dissertation students should the authenticity of the work and confirmation of the unconfirmed mark be required by the module tutor and/or external examiners. Members of the examination panel will be appointed by the module tutor. etc. and this includes the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. the accurate interpretation of data. Although the file will not contribute towards the summative assessment of the dissertation/thesis. the Northumbria campus-based student will receive either individual or group supervision with like-minded students.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University research-active personnel. The student will not be permitted to submit their dissertation/thesis for summative assessment without first of all presenting their research evidence file. and a focused and project-specific demonstration of the appropriateness of the methods employed during the data collection and analysis processes. Should a student fail to attend a viva voce when summoned. not the student. research findings. etc.CESI) student will orally present and defend the theoretical and methodological frameworks.   The student will receive supervision and guidance during the preparation of their dissertation/thesis.ac. questionnaires. Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are available).   Throughout the process of completing their dissertation/thesis.   The dissertation/thesis will be a final written record.and possibly two independent subject- related specialists.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. The decision to use video-based communication technologies will be dependent upon the availability of supporting equipment. etc. it will provide reassuring evidence of the originality of the submitted work. and the clear and concise presentation of results. the student is required to maintain a Research Evidence File. copies of issued and received letters and emails. Dissertations/theses submitted without an accompanying research evidence file will not be marked. The file will include all correspondence and working papers associated with the research project and include draft versions of chapters. The proceedings will include a 30-minute presentation of the thesis and a 30-minute oral defence. e-journals may be summatively assessed by supervisors as part of the final component of assessment. It is anticipated that the student who has completed the research methods module will have an increased awareness of the need to focus and develop their research-related independent learning skills during the process of completing their dissertation/thesis. The date and time for the student's viva voce will be determined by the module tutor in collaboration with the Northumbria and EI.CESI programme leaders. This will mean they will not be considered for an award during the progression and awards board and will be unable to attend the University’s academic congregation during which their master’s award would https://pebblepad. The student is required to submit their evidence file for formative assessment purposes. the student is required to reflect upon and record their personal progress by recording the items discussed and mutually agreed action points in a research e- journal. In addition to writing entries in their Research e-journal after each supervision session. a demonstration of relevant methodological issues. The dissertation/thesis will illustrate the development of a clear and focused theoretical perspective and include an integrated critical literature review. which should also be placed in their research e-journal). This will mean they will not be considered for an award during the progression and awards board and will be unable to attend the University’s academic congregation during which their master’s award would normally be conferred. The panel will include at least two members of academic staff -. the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. Depending upon the approach adopted by their supervisor. The ability to effectively manage the production of an original dissertation/thesis will be partially determined by assessing the student's research e-journal.northumbria. and agreement by all parties. interview transcriptions. of the student’s completed research project. completed Research Participant Consent Forms and evidence of data handling and analysis procedures. will normally receive individual supervision by e-mail.   When submitting their dissertation/thesis for assessment in accordance with the Submission Requirements.   Prior to the examination board occurring during which the research module results are presented and confirmed. The decision to arrange and hold individual or group supervision sessions is made by the supervisor. snail mail. including a statement of the research goals.CESI -. Both approaches are considered to be acceptable and effective mechanisms in which to initiate and perpetuate supervision. Northumbria distance learning students. their dissertation mark will not be presented and confirmed at the examination board by the module tutor until such time that they have presented themselves for examination and satisfied the examiners and module tutor. in the stipulated academically accepted format (see section entitled Dissertation/Thesis for further information). as well as submitting an additional electronically-stored copy (MS Word format and not PDF) on a clearly labelled CD-ROM. review the student's research e-journal and choose to add appropriate comments or make corrections.uk/viewasset.   Supervisors may. The module tutor may also review the student's research e-journal. case study materials. the student is required to complete a weekly entry which summarizes their progress to date (monitored against their research programme.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628294[07/10/2016 10:10:10] . the student will also be required to submit their dissertation/thesis in electronic format (MS Word and not PDF) to the Turnitin online submission facility within the eLP course site.one each from Northumbria and EI. especially when they are considered not to be progressing and engaging with the module and their supervisor. In all cases. research question (and hypothesis where appropriate). should a student fail to attend a viva voce when summoned. from time to time.

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video conferencing.this requirement relates to 6 points Research Project Ethics of meaningful contact by email. The dissertation/thesis must be submitted according to the detailed instructions outlined in this handbook (see section entitled Submission Requirements for https://pebblepad.ac.  Ethical Considerations To meet/communicate regularly with their supervisor and to discuss progress during at least 6 face-to-face/formal communication occasions.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628292[07/10/2016 10:11:17] . Skype calling (where facilities are Approval Form available). Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are available).uk/viewasset. telephone.  To maintain a Research Evidence File which includes all correspondence and working papers Declaration Form associated with their project and includes completed questionnaires. delay or prevent the successful completion and submission of their dissertation/thesis. Depending upon the approach adopted by their supervisor. interview transcriptions. spring and summer breaks/vacation periods. supervisors and the Introduction module tutor during the period of time that the student is enrolled on the module.. Form Following each supervision session. The dissertation/thesis will not be marked without Front Cover its accompanying evidence file. which should be placed in their research e-journal). they will be Referred/Failed following Research Participant Consent submission.northumbria. snail mail. Research Participant Consent Forms. The student is required: Research E-Journal   Research Evidence File To work consistently on their research project throughout the period of time allocated for the completion of their dissertation/thesis. snail mail.including the Research Project Ethics MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. For the distance learning student -.  To attend each supervision meeting at the agreed time and place or to give adequate prior Submission Requirements notice of postponement by either email or telephone. at the outset. during the winter.   Research Resources   Students Research Proposal Form Each student enrolled on the module has a number of responsibilities. The decision to arrange and hold individual or group supervision sessions is made by the supervisor Assessment Criteria and not the student. telephone.  Submission Dates To agree. case study materials. Both approaches are considered to be acceptable and effective mechanisms in which to initiate and perpetuate supervision. they may run Supervision the risk of being withdrawn from the module and programme. When a student fails to satisfy their responsibilities. they may experience an unexpected reduction of their final mark Higher Education Framework or may invalidate. and to submit their dissertation/thesis on or before the date set by the module tutor (see section entitled Submission Dates and Deferment Regulations for further information). will normally receive individual supervision by e-mail. when a student fails to fully engage with the requirements of the Roles and Responsibilities module (please refer to the Handbook of Student Regulations for further information).CESI) student and the MSc Project Registration Form Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research -. Northumbria distance learning Dissertation Viva Voce students. (It is strongly advised that the student provides their supervisor with both their home and mobile telephone numbers). etc. the Northumbria campus-based Assessment Procedures student will receive either individual or group supervision with like-minded students. and this includes the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. the student is required to complete a weekly entry which summarizes their progress to date (monitored Dissertation/Thesis against their research programme.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers) Thesis Viva Voce student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Roles and Responsibilities Foreword This section outlines some of the major responsibilities that rest with the student.e. Furthermore. The evidence file must be Title Page submitted along with the dissertation/thesis. The student can anticipate success if they complete the following tasks correctly and on time. etc. with their supervisor a timetable of meetings throughout the period of time allocated for the completion of the dissertation/thesis (see section entitled Supervision and Deferment Regulations the subsection entitled Research Supervision Programme Form for further information). to reflect upon and record their personal progress by recording the items discussed and mutually agreed action points in a Research e-journal. Should a student fail to engage with their supervisor on at least 6 formal occasions while working on their dissertation. and  To check with their supervisor whether or not they will be contactable or available to provided supervision and/or feedback outside normal student attendance periods i. etc. In Data Protection addition to writing entries in their research e-journal after each supervision session.

  Tree view https://pebblepad. too. supervisors and external examiners. In most cases. presentation and design of the connectivity between the theoretical/methodological/ethical/empirical concepts. The student is responsible for all matters of expression within their submitted dissertation/thesis.  To provide their allocated students with academic support and encouragement. When a student initiates a request to their supervisor to provide feedback on draft materials. is required to be honest with their supervisor.      Supervisors Supervisors will be honest with their allocated students and inform them when they are working progressively well or not so well.  To co-ordinate the independent marking of the dissertations/theses once they are submitted and to present samples of the submitted dissertations/theses to the external examiners for scrutiny. (It is strongly advised that the student provides their supervisor with both their home and mobile telephone numbers).  To allocate students intending to submit their dissertation/thesis for assessment to Northumbria a supervisor (this includes all students enrolled on a research module included within the Project Management Framework). students with personal extenuating circumstances will be handled by the programme leader.  To offer verbal advice and guidance to their allocated students on most aspects of the dissertation/thesis and its production. they will possess experience and/or knowledge of conducting and/or supervising master's students. grammatical errors.CESI) programme and BE1036. The student.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University further information).. telephone. etc. to advice the module tutor of the situation. 20 working days. and this includes the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.  To direct their allocated students to uphold academic and professional standards. For Northumbria distance learning students.  To encourage their allocated students to reflect upon and record their personal progress by recording items discussed and mutually agreed action points in their Research e-journal.      Module Tutor The module tutor has a number of tasks to perform during the academic year.northumbria. and  To co-ordinate the arrangement and examination panel members for all dissertation students requiring a viva voce. snail mail. layout. or if their work is unlikely to fully satisfy the module’s learning outcomes. and  To offer supportive guidance and counsel when their allocated students are behind schedule.uk/viewasset. supervisors are able to return the student's work with appropriate feedback comments within the timescale dictated by the University.  To offer guidance and support to those students who may. because of unforeseen personal extenuating circumstances.  To warn students if they appear to be in danger of failing to complete their dissertation/thesis on time. syntax and grammar. etc.  To aim to return draft materials produced by their allocated students (where the request to review the draft materials was initiated by the supervisor) with appropriate feedback comments within 10 working days. The student must learn to trust their supervisor to ensure their professional relationship develops and matures.e. be unable to submit their dissertation/thesis on time. liaise with students.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. the module tutor will consult with the Faculty Registrar and/or Principal Student Support Administrator to discuss and agree possible support procedures. In exceptional cases. Supervisors will not necessarily have subject-related knowledge relevant to a student's topic. this requirement relates to 6 points of meaningful contact by e-mail. i. punctuation. The student does not possess the authority to request their supervisor to proof read and/or correct/amend draft materials and/or correct spelling mistakes.. such expression being defined as matters associated with correct spelling. structure. Each supervisor has a number of responsibilities. Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are available). punctuation. who in turn may liaise with the student's programme leader. When progress continues to remain behind schedule for more than 3 weeks.ac. These include:   To meet with their allocated campus-based students and to discuss their progress on at least 6 face-to-face/formal occasions (see section entitled Supervision and the subsection entitled Research Supervision Programme Form for further information).aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628292[07/10/2016 10:11:17] .  To attend each supervision meeting at the agreed time and place or give adequate prior notice of postponement by either email or telephone. however. The module tutor is required:   To manage and co-ordinate the module.  To co-ordinate the arrangements and examination panel members for the viva voce presentations following submission of the theses by students enrolled on the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.

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this requirement relates to a minimum of 6 points of meaningful contact by e-mail. where possible. Supervisors will not proof read draft materials and/or correct spelling mistakes. and in particular. grammatical errors. The same is true for the completed dissertation/thesis.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628291[07/10/2016 10:11:39] .   It will be necessary for the module tutor to discuss the request in detail with both parties in order to ascertain an objective and accurate account of the true situation. Following this procedure. sensitively and objectively listen to the representation of the student and/or the supervisor. the student must always be well prepared with specific questions. The Northumbria campus-based student should discuss progress with their supervisor on at least 6 face-to-face/formal occasions (see subsection entitled Supervision Programme Submission Requirements Form below for further information). Supervisors will aim to return draft materials produced by their allocated students (where the request to review the draft materials was initiated by the supervisor) Research E-Journal with appropriate feedback comments within 10 working days. When seeking advice. fair and unbiased. ethical considerations. decisions and creative effort Research Project Ethics required for a successful dissertation/thesis must come from the student themselves. research methods. data collection. The module tutor will then sympathetically. mutually convenient meetings/meaningful contacts with their supervisors in order to discuss and appraise their Higher Education Framework progress. they are required to utilize the expertise of the support staff employed in Student Services. and this includes the Submission Dates MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. the English Ethical Considerations Language Centre. the module https://pebblepad. The student will be expected to take the initiative and arrange/facilitate regular. thus ensuring meaningful support and Front Cover guidance is maintained.uk/viewasset. Supervision   Supervisors may read and comment on draft chapters and other materials. snail mail. However. For Northumbria distance learning students. Confirmed marks will be Declaration Form communicated to students via the University's official results publication procedures. The initiative. Either approach is deemed acceptable. telephone. supervisors may choose to arrange supervision sessions with groups of students as opposed to individual student supervision Roles and Responsibilities sessions. and the Research Proposal Form development of rigorous conclusions.   Title Page It is vitally important that the student maintains regular contact with their supervisor and arranges a programme of mutually convenient meetings and discussions.ac. etc. for Northumbria campus-based students. goals and timescales should.   Thesis Viva Voce   Supervision Problems There may be rare occasions when a student and a supervisor do not work productively.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who Deferment Regulations chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. as well as offer guidance Research Resources about the definition of the research topic. It is also the student’s responsibility to reflect upon and record their personal Assessment Criteria progress by recording the items discussed and mutually agreed action points in a Research e-journal. useful references.   Research Project Ethics It is essential that the student takes appropriate advice from the very start. In such cases. etc.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Supervision Foreword Members of academic/research staff acting as supervisors will undertake a supportive and enabling Introduction role. punctuation. the student Registration Form needs to prepare a focused and well-considered Research Proposal Form during BE1231 and remember it is their research and not their supervisor’s. Throughout the supervisory process. Supervisors are unable to confirm or indicate an unconfirmed mark. If a student requires Research Evidence File this level of English language and academic writing support and guidance. Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are Assessment Procedures available). handling and analysis procedures. Advice from Approval Form supervisors must not be interpreted as a relaxation of the requirements outlined in this handbook and/or the Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards (ARNA).northumbria. As previously explained. The student must recognize Data Protection that all marks remain unconfirmed until scrutiny of the module has taken place by the external examiners and the module results have been presented and confirmed at the examination board by Dissertation/Thesis the module tutor. be established and Dissertation Viva Voce regularly monitored by the student and the supervisor. Research Participant Consent   Form Supervisors will neither advise on the grade that any draft is liable to receive nor whether it is sufficient to pass. either party should feel completely free and comfortable to approach the module tutor and request a change. the structure of the study. The dissertation/thesis assessment progress is rigorous.

Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct. telephone. such students should agree a timetable for supervision during their initial communication with their supervisor. In a similar manner to the situation outlined above.   Unless a student has engaged in meaningful contact with their supervisor on at least 6 occasions.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628291[07/10/2016 10:11:39] .     Research Supervision Programme Form Northumbria campus-based students must agree in advance to meet with their supervisor during face- to-face meetings on at least 6 occasions. Students must submit their fully completed and signed Research Supervision Programme Form as part of their Research Evidence File. Once they have agreed a timetable of supervision with their allocated supervisor. Students must submit their fully completed and signed Research Supervision Programme Form as part of their Research Evidence File as confirmation/evidence of their meaningful engagement/supervision. the module tutor will agree to the request without apportioning fault to either side. This was last edited on 25 February 2014. The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton. https://pebblepad. and this includes the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are available). students should take their Research Supervision Programme Form along to each meeting and request their supervisor countersign the form as confirmation/evidence of attendance.   For Northumbria distance learning students. Students should agree a timetable for these meetings during their initial supervision meeting.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. Provided the request for change is found to be sound and absolutely essential. Supervisors will be asked to confirm the dates of the supervision communication presented on this form following submission. and provided that an acceptable alternative supervisor can be found.uk/viewasset. Once they have agreed a timetable of supervision meetings with their allocated supervisor. Report inappropriate content. students should record each supervision event on the Research Supervision Programme Form and send a copy of the form to their supervisor immediately afterwards. this requirement relates to a minimum of 6 points of meaningful contact by e-mail. etc. the student's dissertation/thesis will not be accepted for summative assessment. In such a case the original supervisor will not be involved in marking the student’s work.northumbria.ac.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University tutor will consult with the programme and/or supervision team in order to make a final decision. Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012. snail mail. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad.

easily Ethical Considerations import papers from other research software. collaborate easily with other researchers online. collaborate with others online.  Supervision Zotero: A free and easy-to-use web tool that is designed to help researchers collect. writing your dissertation Approval Form and beyond. cite and share their research resources. (2005) Doing Your Masters Dissertation. and access your papers from anywhere online. including the ability to work across multiple PCs without the associated complications of keeping the bibliographic library file/database up-to- Research E-Journal date. It is a cloud-based application that also installs a web browser Research Resources add-on.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=630403[07/10/2016 10:12:10] .Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Resources Foreword Students are advised to take advantage of the following resources during the process of working on Introduction their research investigation and writing their dissertation/thesis. C. find relevant papers based on what you’re reading. design. and discover the latest research. Hart.   Higher Education Framework Key textbook: The key textbook for the module provides invaluable guidance and support for Roles and Responsibilities the formulation. It works in a similar Research Proposal Form manner to EndNote. but has many advantages.northumbria.  Northumbria Skills Plus: The Northumbria Skills Programme is designed to introduce you to Research Project Ethics some of the most important skills you need to succeed at University. The most commonly used web browers are supported by Zotero.  Mendeley: Is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize Research Evidence File your research. execution and production of a master's dissertation. It allows you to automatically generate bibliographies. London: Sage Publications Ltd.  Research Participant Consent Form Data Protection Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.  Research Project Ethics Cite Them Right: Northumbria University's guide for correct use of the Harvard referencing Registration Form system written and published by the University Library.ac.uk/viewasset.

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students may be required to resubmit new Research Proposal Form and Research Project Ethics Registration Form. Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad. the student changes the nature of their research investigation after receipt of a Pass grade following submission of their Research Proposal Form during Assessment Criteria BE1231. a proforma. and address ethical and sensitive situations are also explored. They are introduced to the criteria used to assess research and provided Research Evidence File with examples of how to complete the technical as well as the intellectual aspects of completing a master’s dissertation/thesis. Should such Dissertation Viva Voce a situation occur. they are required to seek the guidance of the module tutor as soon as possible. Title Page   When a Fail result is awarded. Research Resources consolidate and apply their independent research and study skills in readiness for undertaking a master’s-level research investigation of a topic of their own choice relevant to their chosen degree Research Proposal Form programme. either as a Pass or Fail. Students are provided with formative feedback regarding their participation and performance throughout the module Deferment Regulations and following submission of their proposal. i.   Research E-Journal Students are instructed and receive guidance on how to complete a traditional (empirical) or work- based master’s dissertation. students will be permitted to resubmit their proposal as many times as Front Cover necessary until they receive a Pass result.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Proposal Form Foreword Students will initially be required to complete a dissertation/thesis proposal using the Research Introduction Proposal Form.northumbria.   Assessment Procedures If.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628283[07/10/2016 10:12:44] . in order to ascertain the potential of the proposed topic to satisfy the relevant master’s empirical research or work-based dissertation (or Declaration Form professional practice thesis) module learning outcomes and.   Higher Education Framework BE1231 is studied during the semester prior to enrolment on to one of the Project Management Framework's empirical research or work-based dissertation modules. or in the case of students Roles and Responsibilities enrolled upon the dual award programme in collaboration with EI.ac.uk/viewasset. of equal importance.e. during enrolment on BE1231. The module builds upon the concepts and theories presented during the pre-requisite research methods module BE1171.CESI. formulate hypotheses. Unless a Pass result is awarded.  Form Towards the end of the semester prior to progression and enrolment on to the master’s professional practice thesis module BE1036. Submission Requirements   The proposal provides an opportunity for the formative assessment of the student’s work at a Submission Dates relatively early stage in the development process of the student’s proposed investigation. students will not be permitted to officially commence work on their dissertation/thesis. Students are required to complete a research project proposal using a standardized proforma. during enrolment on the research module. the proposal is submitted either: Research Project Ethics   Approval Form Towards the end of the module for those students aiming to imminently progress and enrol on Research Participant Consent to one of the master’s empirical research or work-based dissertation modules. The module requires students to develop. write clear aims Ethical Considerations and objectives. the philosophy of the student’s chosen degree programme. The techniques that are used to identify a suitable topic. Research Project Ethics   Registration Form Depending upon which project management programme a student is enrolled. during the semester the Supervision students attend Northumbria University.  Data Protection   Dissertation/Thesis The proposal is summatively assessed.

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  For Northumbria distance learning students. in terms of a research project. as supervisors are required to monitor their students’ progress and may decide to review their research e- Submission Dates journals. Research Resources however. and this includes the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. and other materials such as uploaded files.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research E-Journal Foreword Three characteristics of a successful student includes their ability to focus on and complete the right Introduction tasks at the right time. Entries are required. snail mail. their ability and capacity to work efficiently. students should take their Research Supervision Programme Form(see section Thesis Viva Voce entitled Supervision for further information) along to each meeting and request their supervisor countersign the form as confirmation/evidence of attendance. description of events. the Higher Education Framework successful student possesses well-defined and perfected time and project management skills.uk/viewasset. The e-journal is a mini website. Research Proposal Form   Good time management is a skill that can be learned and perfected like all other personal organization Research E-Journal skills. Entries will be Research Project Ethics displayed in reverse chronological order on the eLP and will be viewed by the student. telephone supervision. effectively and rapidly to satisfy targets. to Dissertation/Thesis include the following:   Declaration Form Date. The student is required to write an entry after each supervision meeting. and  Progress. supervisors and Approval Form the module tutor. add comments to specific entries or amend entries. as a minimum requirement. making decisions and employing time management skills remain an important challenge for all.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. set up Registration Form by the module tutor and maintained by the student. one-to-one/individual supervision/group supervision. including the supervision communication Title Page medium. from time-to-time. can be used for monitoring progress against key milestone events. email supervision. Skype or video conferencing (where facilities are available). Once they have agreed a timetable of supervision meetings with their allocated supervisor. Ethical Considerations   The student is required to maintain a research diary. In a https://pebblepad. i. Supervisors and the module tutor may. with regular entries of reflective commentary. the student generally has more freedom over these choices than many others. then supervisors may decide to postpone or cancel future meetings until strong evidence of progress is demonstrated and presented in Deferment Regulations subsequent e-journal entries. This Submission Requirements section must be completed immediately after/before each supervision meeting. telephone. One technique that can be used by the master's research student to maximize productive time is to organize research tasks more precisely by utilizing and maintaining a research diary in the form Research Evidence File of a research e-journal. Form   A student’s research e-journal will be a written (typed) reflective commentary based on their Data Protection experiences and abilities to develop and execute their own research project. in the form of a personal research e-journal on Research Project Ethics the eLP course site whilst undertaking their research project. etc.  Assessment Procedures   Northumbria campus-based students must agree in advance to meet with their supervisor during face- Assessment Criteria to-face meetings on at least 6 occasions.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628290[07/10/2016 10:12:57] .northumbria. agreed targets and priorities made since last supervision meeting/e-journal entry. time and venue of the supervision meeting. video conference/Skype supervision.   Roles and Responsibilities When a student embarks on the process of completing a dissertation/thesis. Students should agree a timetable for these meetings during Dissertation Viva Voce their initial supervision meeting.ac.e. Diaries can prove to be a useful tool for keeping track of day-to-day activities and. The student must attach all email Front Cover correspondence sent and received in relation to their supervision process in their e-journal. In essence. social commitments and family life and their research. Quite often. graphics and video. Privacy settings have been established to prevent students from Research Participant Consent viewing each other’s e-journals. Students must submit their fully completed and signed Research Supervision Programme Form as part of their Research Evidence File. they are required to Supervision balance the time they devote to their employment. If little or no progress has been made. this requirement relates to a minimum of 6 points of meaningful contact by e-mail. and their determination to complete tasks on-time and successfully.

The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton. students should record each supervision event on the Research Supervision Programme Form (see section entitled Supervision for further information) and send a copy of the form to their supervisor immediately afterwards. Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012.ac. This was last edited on 25 February 2014. Once they have agreed a timetable of supervision with their allocated supervisor. Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad.northumbria.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628290[07/10/2016 10:12:57] .Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University similar manner to the situation outlined above. https://pebblepad. Students must submit their fully completed and signed Research Supervision Programme Form as part of their Research Evidence File as confirmation/evidence of their meaningful engagement/supervision. The e-journal does not directly contribute to the module mark. such students should agree a timetable for supervision during their initial communication with their supervisor. Report inappropriate content.uk/viewasset. Supervisors will be asked to confirm the dates of the supervision communication presented on this form following submission.   The student’s ability to effectively manage the production of an original dissertation/thesis will be determined by assessing the student’s research e-journal.

case study materials. the student is required to maintain a Introduction research evidence file. Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad. the Faculty of Engineering and Research E-Journal Environment has decreed that dissertations/theses will not be accepted for submission and will not be marked unless students submit their research evidence file in accordance with the University’s Research Evidence File guidance notes outlined in the Research Ethics and Governance Handbook.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628289[07/10/2016 10:13:11] . Dissertation/Thesis Supervisors will be asked to confirm the dates of the supervision communication presented on this form following submission. Approval Form Students should be made aware that. and so prevent and deter ghosting. copies of articles. students may be required to attend a viva voce (oral Form examination). Furthermore. along Supervision with the names and addresses of the respondents and the full correspondence details of their employing organizations. without this file of evidence.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Evidence File Foreword Throughout the process of conducting the research project.ac. Roles and Responsibilities completed surveys. and this submission is recorded by the administrative staff. Higher Education Framework interview transcriptions. In addition to this requirement. If a student’s dissertation/thesis includes calculations. etc. – as Registration Form specified in the module handbook) with their completed dissertation/thesis. Research Resources   Academic Registry has amended the University’s Research Ethics and Governance Handbook in order Research Proposal Form to require each student to submit their research evidence file when submitting their dissertation/thesis for summative assessment. correspondence associated with the research project and completed questionnaires. calculations.northumbria. successive draft chapters. photocopied articles. This file will include rough notes. interview notes. the working papers for these must also be included within the file. The file is not normally summatively assessed. Research Project Ethics notes. their dissertation/thesis will not be assessed."   Data Protection Students must submit their fully completed and signed Research Supervision Programme Form as part of their research evidence file as confirmation/evidence of their meaningful engagement/supervision. but where there are concerns about the Research Participant Consent authenticity of any of the evidence. etc.uk/viewasset. The Faculty's ethics policy includes the following statement: Ethical Considerations   "Students are required to hand-in a file of their preparatory work (including signed ethics forms. This file is required to provide evidence of adherence to the Research Project Ethics University’s ethics policy and the development of the work. records of supervision meetings. questionnaires and Research Participant Consent Forms must be retained.

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those will ill health or some form of disability). can be found at the University’s Policies and Procedures in Ethics in Research and Consultancy: Policies. Introduction Once the student has established their research question(s). It is important to recognize the constraints that will inevitably be faced within a realistic and meaningful research design.e. elderly people. it is essential that students consider any ethical issues in relation to designing and conducting their research at the outset. Research E-Journal Frameworks and Guidance webpage. and  Thesis Viva Voce The independence and impartiality of researchers must be clear. It identifies six core ethics principles:   Submission Dates Research should be designed. if any. they need to demonstrate an awareness of the alternative research methods available and select the most appropriate to meet their Higher Education Framework objectives. in surveys. This is an ever-changing field and the University’s policies and procedures are continually https://pebblepad. the Declaration Form ethical principle of doing good in the widest sense).  Dissertation Viva Voce Research participants must participate in a voluntary way.  Researchers and research subjects/participants must be fully informed about the purpose. The policy statement.northumbria. whether the research will involve vulnerable Registration Form subjects/participants (such as children. are involved.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628288[07/10/2016 10:13:52] .Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Ethical Considerations Foreword Conducting empirical research is a requirement of the research module and the dissertation/thesis.      Ethics Procedures Northumbria University has established policies. frameworks and guidance to address ethics in research. and  Non-maleficence is the principle of not doing harm – so both of the principles should be Title Page applied. Research Project Ethics interviews and experiments) – and in particular.ac. what their participation in the research entails and what risk. and  Research Project Ethics Whether the research project involves the collection of data that will not be permitted to be Approval Form used for other projects or which involves the collection of data of a potentially confidential nature or otherwise is personally. and any conflicts of interest or partiality must be explicit. commercially or politically sensitive information. reviewed and undertaken in a way that ensures its integrity and Deferment Regulations quality.uk/viewasset.  Harm to research participants must be avoided. free from any coercion.  Front Cover   The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Framework for Research Ethics is a useful source Submission Requirements of guidance.  Research Participant Consent Form   The University Policy Statement highlights the principles of beneficence and non-maleficence as being Data Protection fundamental to all research activity:   Dissertation/Thesis Beneficence is the requirement to promote the interests and well-being of others (i. The implementation of the data collection procedure and the Roles and Responsibilities subsequent analysis need to be carefully thought through and built into the programme as soon as Supervision possible. other young people under the age of 18. Assessment Procedures methods and intended possible uses of the research. asylum seekers. Research Proposal Form which needs to be read before students complete the Research Proposal Form during BE1231. the anonymity of respondents must be respected.  Assessment Criteria The confidentiality of information supplied by research subjects re.   Research Evidence File Key considerations of ethical scrutiny relate to:   Ethical Considerations Whether the research will directly involve human subjects/participants (for example.   Research Resources As well as practical and academic considerations.

  The University's ethics policy clarifies the obligations on researchers. It does not include research that solely uses published works. The category will then determine the level of ethical scrutiny required and any additional requirements.g. emotional distress and professional harm.  To advise on and disseminate best practice for ethical issues. in particular the Department of Health Research Governance Framework.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University revised and updated. This includes externally and internally funded research and non-funded research. the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) is subsumed within the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) and has the same membership.      Scope The Faculty of Engineering and Environment's ethics procedures apply to all research projects carried out by staff and students. religious beliefs. The terms of reference of the FREC are as follows:   To monitor adherence to the University Ethics Policy for all research activities on behalf of the Research Committee.  To scrutinise and approve when necessary all ethical applications before seeking approval from external interested bodies. AMBER or GREEN. which includes a self- evaluation tool for research projects. and  To advise the Executive Dean over issues and problems of non-compliance. anyone aged under 18 years.     Liability Research activity that does not comply with University procedures may not be covered by the university insurance policies and individual researchers may therefore be liable in the situation of a claim arising as a result of their research activity.  To monitor adherence to all relevant professional body codes of research ethics. e. literature reviews or scoping studies.Policies. as well as useful links to other information and advice. people with heath problems or disabilities etc. It does not include consultancy activity arranged through RBI (Business). in particular the Policies and Procedures in Ethics In Research and Consultancy .     Research Ethics Committee Each Faculty has a Research Ethics Committee which reports to the University Ethics Committee. political opinions.g. The University Research and Ethics Governance Handbook provides detailed guidance on best practice in research. There are also a number of other documents which can be accessed from the University's website. Clinical trials require special arrangements.     Ethical Approval Anyone engaged in a research project must obtain ethical approval before commencing their research.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628288[07/10/2016 10:13:52] .uk/viewasset. formerly known as Northumbria Commercial Enterprises.  https://pebblepad. physical or mental health. promotes awareness of ethical principles and ethical issues in the conduct of all research activities and provides a framework for their consideration at Northumbria University.g. who will take the appropriate action under the University’s policies and guidelines. Frameworks and Guidance webpage. This includes all research activity that involves primary research or the use of secondary data that is not in the public domain (e. but is not restricted to.Policies. The most likely issues encountered in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment are:   Vulnerable participants would include. In the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Each project will be designated as RED. The Faculty of Engineering and Environment procedures do not replace the university procedures: all research activities should be conducted in accordance with the latest university procedures and researchers should ensure they are familiar with them. As a result.  Sensitive personal data is defined under the Data Protection Act as including: racial or ethnic origin. sexual life.  To define local guidelines and procedures for consideration and approval of local ethical issues. approval by an external body and additional insurance. and  Safety concerns for researchers or participants would include physical risks.. company data).northumbria.  To maintain records of all research projects (including dissertations and theses).   The three risk categories are:   RED (High Risk)  For full list see the University Research Ethics and Governance Handbook. Frameworks and Guidance webpage. the University has established a traffic light system to determine any risks associated with research projects. e. which has its own procedures. They are designed to complement and supplement the university procedures with a particular focus on the ethical issues most likely to be encountered in the built and natural environment.ac. The latest information published by the University is available at the Policies and Procedures in Ethics In Research and Consultancy . These procedures derive from the Northumbria University’s procedures. commission of offences of alleged offences.   The Faculty of Engineering and Environment is required to have in place their own procedures for monitoring ethical issues.

ac.northumbria.     Ethics Registration and Approval Forms All students must complete a Research Project Ethics Registration Form for every dissertation/thesis or project they undertake which involves research. Module tutors for research methods modules should ensure that research ethics is included within the teaching for the module. obtaining informed consent from participants and appropriate storage of private and confidential information). assignment brief or similar documentation as appropriate (such as this module handbook and the information presented in BE1231).   The FREC has established standard procedures to address ethical issues arising from AMBER projects as detailed in the following subsections.   All AMBER projects must be approved by the FREC. the student is required to describe how these will be addressed. other projects. The FREC approval is delegated to a designated member of staff who will usually give approval subject to conditions that University ethics procedures as described in the following sections are adhered to (e.   The RPCF also considers issues of anonymity and confidentiality and allows for the participant to indicate specific requirements for anonymity or confidentiality including in relation to the use of audio/video taped interviews. Forms will usually be supplied by the module tutor or they may be obtained from the programme administrator. In this particular instance. module handbook.   A Research Participant Consent Form (RPCF) must be completed by each individual participant. Guidance on producing an information sheet is contained within the University Research Ethics and Governance Handbook. work-based project handbook.   The form should then be submitted to the programme administrator who will record the information from the research project ethics registration and approval forms into a register of student research projects and.     Taught Master's Programmes The module tutor for any module that involves research . Where ethical issues are identified.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628288[07/10/2016 10:13:52] .   AMBER (Medium Risk)  Research involves human participants. in accordance with the University’s traffic light system. GREEN projects should not raise any ethical issues and may be approved by a designated member of staff. This will be obtained at a meeting of the FREC or by Chair’s action if there is no suitable meeting date.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University   All RED research projects must be approved by the FREC.   The student also has to agree (by signature) to a statement that they have read the University's guidelines on ethical procedures. commercially sensitive information or environmental issues (may have an effect on the environment) etc.   GREEN (Low Risk)  That is.such as the dissertation/thesis module on the Project Management Framework . they are available within this handbook and also in the information presented in BE1231.     Informed Consent Where information is to be gathered from persons participating in the research (through interviews. if required.   The first section of the form (registration) should be completed by the student and the second section of the form (approval) by the supervisor. The member of staff will usually be the student’s designated supervisor (as advised by the module tutor).should ensure that the relevant University ethics procedures are explained in the information provided to students. The registration section will require sufficient information from the student to determine project risk and to establish into which category the research project falls. The form will then be considered by a member of academic staff who will complete the approval section of the form. Participants are asked to confirm that they have been briefed about the particular research project and its purpose and consent to their involvement in the research.g. contact the secretary to the FRC to arrange for the research project to be considered by the next meeting of the FREC.   https://pebblepad. The category will then determine the level of ethical scrutiny required and any additional requirements. The information may be in the form of a module outline. A copy of the form should be retained by the student and should be submitted along with the completed dissertation/thesis in accordance with instructions provided by the module tutor. the prospective participants must be provided with sufficient information to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether or not they wish to participate.uk/viewasset. personal data. questionnaires or other means of observation).   If the research project changes to a significant degree (which would change the answers in the registration section of the ethics registration and approval form) then a new research ethics registration form should be completed by the student and a new Research Project Ethics Approval Form should be completed by the student’s supervisor.

The return of the questionnaire with this statement implies that the respondent has given consent.   At the end of the research project all data and consent forms. A copy of the guidance relating to taught programmes is shown in the section entitled Data Protection in this handbook.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628288[07/10/2016 10:13:52] . https://pebblepad.g. rather than face-to-face.     Ethical Issues and Adverse Events Students must inform their supervisor of any ethical issues or adverse events which arise during the course of a project. a standard statement. The administrator will inform the dissertation/thesis module tutor of any student registered on a module who has not completed a Research Project Ethics Registration Form and any supervisor who has not completed a Research Project Ethics Approval Form.   All questionnaires should be approved by the supervisor before they are sent out to participants. The University will arrange for the destruction of all personal and confidential data once a student’s award is confirmed. The student should telephone the proposed participant and ask for their permission to record and obtain consent verbally. should be handed in to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office in accordance with instructions provided by the module tutor in relation to submission of the Research Evidence File. The summary report is to be sent to the secretary to the FRC to be included in the annual ethics report.northumbria. Students should either use their university U drive or removable storage devices (e. consent is deemed to have been provided. CDs and USB sticks) which can be handed in at the end of the project. The consent should be returned and printed out – telephone interviews must only to be carried out once the completed forms are received back from the participants by email.     Research Data All data of a personal or confidential nature must be stored securely and at the end of the project should be retained or destroyed in accordance with the University’s Policies and Procedures in Ethics in Research and Consultancy: Policies. The programme administrator will also produce a summary report of all student research projects for each programme. either will need to be submitted in written form within the Research Evidence File. All participants’ consents (completed forms or otherwise) should be retained with the project data and stored in the research evidence file.  Students can set up the telephone interview in advance by email with the RPCF attached. the following are indicated as the alternative procedures for gaining consent:   Students can set up the telephone interview and send the RPCF in advance by post – telephone interviews are only to be carried out once the forms are received and signed by the participant. As a minimum. Students should discuss the requirements for secure storage with their supervisor. the questionnaire must be accompanied by a letter (or email as appropriate) explaining the purpose of the research and must include.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University All students obtaining information from others through research work must gain consent using this form. This will then create either an audio tape or a digital sound file. at the end of the questionnaire. Once the recorder is on. The supervisor will inform the secretary to the FRC who will arrange for the matter to be referred to the FREC for consideration. The supervisor should ensure that the student complies with this requirement and should approve the information provided to participants in advance.ac. Frameworks and Guidance.    As is the case with the written form with face-to-face interviews.  The taping option. or  A report of the telephone interview should be sent to the participant for approval with an accompanying letter which should provide the following statement: If no response to this request for consent to use the transcribed information from the telephone interview is received within one month of the date of this letter. both paper-based and electronic. Personal and confidential data should not be stored on personal computer hard drives. Students should place completed research participant consent forms (RPCF) in their Research Evidence File. personal and confidential data should only be obtained if it is required for the purposes of the research and should not be used for any other purpose. Full guidance on data protection (in accordance with the Data Protection Act) and secure storage of research data is also available via this webpage.   Where a student intends to use questionnaires to gain primary research information. students must comply with the requirement to gain the participants’ consent by telephone interview.   In the case of interviews conducted by telephone.     Approval of Student Research Projects The approval of a research topic by the supervisor should only be made once the Research Project Ethics Registration Form has been satisfactorily completed.uk/viewasset. as follows: I understand the purpose of this research and agree to participate.     Register of Student Research Projects The programme administrator will maintain a register of all research projects undertaken by students. the student and the interviewee should go through the issues raised in the RPCF and record the answers. It should be locked away when not in use and any computer facilities used should be password protected.

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  Higher Education Framework The Research Project Ethics Registration Form should be completed by the student.   Dissertation/Thesis To summarise:   Declaration Form The Research Project Ethics Registration Form must be completed by all students in consultation Title Page with their supervisor and then returned to the programme administer for recording on the Research Ethics Register.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Project Ethics Registration Form Foreword All students must complete a Research Project Ethics Registration Form for every dissertation/thesis or Introduction project they undertake which involves research. This is the followed by the Research Project Ethics Approval Form which is completed by the student’s supervisor Roles and Responsibilities and/or the module tutor. if required. Research Participant Consent   Form If the research project changes significantly (which would change the answers in the Research Project Ethics Registration Form) then a new Research Project Ethics Registration Form should be completed Data Protection by the student. in accordance with the University’s traffic light system (see section entitled Research Resources Ethical Considerations for further information).ac. contact the secretary to the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) to arrange for the research project to be considered by the next meeting of the Research Project Ethics Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC). The form will then be considered by a member of academic staff who Research Evidence File will complete the Research Project Ethics Approval Form. The Research Project Ethics Registration Form will require sufficient Supervision information from the student to determine project risk and to establish into which category the research project falls.  Front Cover The Research Project Ethics Approval Form must be completed by all supervisors after consulting their student’s Research Project Ethics Registration Form and then returned to the Programme Submission Requirements Administrator for recording on the Research Ethics Register or for referral to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC). A copy of the form should be retained by the student and Approval Form should be submitted along with the completed research project in accordance with instructions provided by the module tutor in the Research Evidence File.uk/viewasset. The category will then determine the level of ethical scrutiny required and any additional requirements. the student is Research Proposal Form required to describe how these will be addressed.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628281[07/10/2016 10:14:06] . Where ethical issues are identified.   Research E-Journal The student also has to agree (by signature) to a statement that they have read the University's guidelines on ethical procedures.  Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.northumbria. Ethical Considerations   The form should then be submitted to the programme administrator who will record the information Research Project Ethics from the Research Project Ethics Registration Form and the Research Project Ethics Approval Form into Registration Form a register of student research projects and. The member of staff will usually be the student’s designated supervisor (as advised by the module tutor) or the module tutor.

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The category will then determine the level of ethical scrutiny required and any additional requirements.northumbria. Research Project Ethics   Approval Form To summarise:   Research Participant Consent Form The Research Project Ethics Approval Form must be completed by all Thesis supervisors after consulting their student’s Research Project Ethics Registration Form and then returned to the Data Protection Programme Administrator for recording on the School Research Ethics Register or for referral to the Research Ethics Committee (FREC). The Research Project Ethics Registration Form will require sufficient Supervision information from the student to determine project risk and to establish into which category the research project falls. which will usually be the student's supervisor or the module tutor.   Higher Education Framework The Research Project Ethics Registration Form should be completed by the student. in accordance with the University’s traffic light system (see section entitled Research Resources Ethical Considerations for further information).ac.   Research Project Ethics If the research project changes significantly (which would change the answers in the Research Project Registration Form Ethics Registration Form) then a new Research Project Ethics Approval Form should be completed by a member of academic staff. the student is Research Proposal Form required to describe how these will be addressed. This is the followed by the Research Project Ethics Approval Form which is completed by the student’s supervisor Roles and Responsibilities and/or the module tutor.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Project Ethics Approval Form Foreword All students must receive a Research Project Ethics Approval Form for every dissertation/thesis or Introduction project they undertake which involves research.   Research E-Journal The Research Project Ethics Approval Form should be submitted to the programme administrator who will record the information from the Research Ethics Registration Form and the Research Ethics Research Evidence File Approval Form into a register of student research projects and.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628282[07/10/2016 10:14:20] .uk/viewasset. if required.  Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad. Where ethical issues are identified. contact the secretary to the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) to arrange for the research project to be considered at the Ethical Considerations next meeting of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC).

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as follows: I understand the purpose of this research and agree to participate. This will Declaration Form then create either an audio tape or a digital sound file.   Research Evidence File All students obtaining information from others through research work must gain consent using this form. either will need to be submitted like a written form within the Research Evidence File. The consent should be returned and printed out – telephone interviews must only to be carried out Data Protection once the completed forms are received back from the participants by email.  Consent Form Students can set up the telephone interview in advance by email with the RPCF attached. the student and the interviewee should go through the issues raised in the RPCF and record the answers. Guidance on producing an information sheet is contained within the University Research Ethics and Governance Handbook.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Research Participant Consent Form Foreword Where information is to be gathered from persons participating in the research (through interviews. at the end of the questionnaire.   Research Proposal Form The RPCF also considers issues of anonymity and confidentiality and allows for the participant to indicate specific requirements for anonymity or confidentiality. Roles and Responsibilities   Supervision A Research Participant Consent Form (RPCF) must be completed by each individual participant. students must comply with the requirement to gain the participants’ consent by telephone interview. Tree view https://pebblepad. rather than face-to-face. Students should place completed Research Participant Consent Forms in their Research Evidence File. consent is deemed to have been provided. Research Project Ethics   Registration Form In the case of interviews conducted by telephone. the following are indicated as the alternative procedures for gaining consent: Research Project Ethics   Approval Form Students can set up the telephone interview and send the RPCF in advance by post – telephone Research Participant interviews are only to be carried out once the forms are received and signed by the participant. Assessment Procedures   Where a student intends to use questionnaires to gain primary research information.   All questionnaires should be approved by the supervisor before they are sent out to participants.ac. the questionnaire Assessment Criteria must be accompanied by a letter (or email as appropriate) explaining the purpose of the research and Dissertation Viva Voce must include. The student should telephone the proposed participant and ask for their Dissertation/Thesis permission to record and obtain consent verbally.  The taping option.northumbria. The supervisor should ensure that the student complies with this requirement and should Ethical Considerations approve the information provided to participants in advance. Once the recorder is on. Participants are asked to confirm that they have been briefed about the particular research project Research Resources and its purpose and consent to their involvement in the research. The return of the questionnaire with this statement Thesis Viva Voce implies that the respondent has given consent. or  Title Page A report of the telephone interview should be sent to the participant for approval with an accompanying letter which should provide the following statement: If no response to this Front Cover request for consent to use the transcribed information from the telephone interview is received within one month of the date of this letter.uk/viewasset. Introduction questionnaires or other means of observation). including the use of audio/video taped Research E-Journal interviews. All participants’ consents Deferment Regulations (completed forms or otherwise) should be retained with the project data and stored in the Research Evidence File. the prospective participants must be provided with sufficient information to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether or not they wish to Higher Education Framework participate.  Submission Requirements   Submission Dates As is the case with the written form with face-to-face interviews.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628280[07/10/2016 10:14:30] . a standard statement.

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Individuals should be clearly informed of exactly what the information will be used for and asked to sign a declaration that they are happy for you to process their information.  Sexual life.  https://pebblepad.northumbria.  Personal data shall be obtained for the specific purpose of completing your research and dissertation/thesis and not processed for any other reason.  Registration Form   Research Project Ethics Sensitive personal data is any information that affects a person’s safety such as: Approval Form   Research Participant Consent Racial or ethnic origin.  For the purposes for which the person gave their permission.uk/viewasset. This can be achieved using a Research Participant Consent Form. and  Assessment Criteria Retained for as long as necessary to execute that purpose. and  Research Project Ethics Individuals as its focus rather than some other person or some transaction or event. storage. they should be compliant with the DPA.  Form Political opinions.  Dissertation Viva Voce   These requirements are set out in the 8 Principles of the Data Protection Act (DPA).   Research Evidence File Personal Data: any information that affects a person’s privacy such as:   Ethical Considerations Information which is biographical in a significant sense. which sets out a number of principles for processing personal information. retention and disclosure of personal data of living people.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Data Protection Foreword Whenever research involves the processing of personal information relating to living individuals.   Submission Requirements   Submission Dates Rules Students must make sure that personal data is only recorded and processed: Deferment Regulations   Assessment Procedures With the express permission of the individual to which it relates.   Research E-Journal Processing: the collection. use.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628287[07/10/2016 10:14:42] .  Data Protection Physical or mental health.  Religious beliefs. Introduction students are required to ensure that it is done so in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA).ac. and  Dissertation/Thesis Commission of offences or alleged offences. Supervision     Research Resources Definitions   Research Proposal Form Data Subject: the individual to whom the data relates.   Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.  Declaration Form   Students should only conduct research involving sensitive personal data where they have obtained the Title Page permission of their supervisor following satisfactory submission and scrutiny of the Research Project Ethics Registration Form and subsequent approval following receipt of the Research Project Ethics Front Cover Approval Form. Higher Education Framework   This document provides guidance and outlines the requirements to ensure students follow best Roles and Responsibilities practice when undertaking research as part of their studies. So long as Thesis Viva Voce students comply with these 8 principles.

they should make sure they stop immediately. data then there is no need to worry. Anyone who supplies students with personal information has the right to withdraw consent to process at any time.     Returned Research Projects If the work contains neutral. Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012. Electronic files on computers (both at University and at home) memory sticks or in emails should be securely removed. If for some reason a student’s work contains data that can still identify someone. Do not leave work lying around for people to see. If students are unsure how long they need to keep it for. Make sure that any personal data is disposed of when the research project is completed. Do not publish information on web sites unless permission has been granted. it must be securely disposed.  Personal data shall be accurate and kept up-to-date. If students have a large amount of paper. If students are unable to shred the paper themselves. Do not leave personal data in the bin.  Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of individuals under the Act.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628287[07/10/2016 10:14:42] .  Personal data shall not be kept longer than necessary.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Personal data shall be adequate. This was last edited on 25 February 2014. relevant and not excessive. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad.  Appropriate measures will be taken to make sure that personal data is kept secure. students store it on their University network U-drive instead of a computer at home.uk/viewasset. then they still need to make sure that the information is held securely until such time that it is safely disposed. they should only ask for sensitive data if it is required to complete their research. Students must not ask for more information than is necessary.ac.      Completed Research Projects To comply with the 5th and 7th principles of the Data Projection Act (DPA). The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton. anonymous.northumbria. they should speak with their programme administrator for advice on its disposal. If someone asks a student not to process their information. This principle will only apply to long-term research where there is a requirement for on-going use of personal data.  Personal data shall not be transferred outside the European Economic Area unless students have permission to do so and adequate security measures are in place. Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct. This means students should only ask for information relevant to completing their research and dissertation/thesis at hand. If students have work on data sticks or laptops. Report inappropriate content. Be careful of carrying personal information around. especially sensitive personal data. If they can. they should use a password to protect them where possible. they should check with the programme administrator. i.e. students need to make sure that data no longer required is disposed of in a secure manner after final marks have been returned or 6 months after dissertation/thesis submission. https://pebblepad.

. but they should not be used as a substitute for careful proof reading. The student should not form emphatic conclusions on the basis of weak data.000 https://pebblepad. and as a result. and drilling Supervision down to get beneath the surface of the surface-level issues in order to uncover key facts. This raw data must be carefully and Higher Education Framework intricately woven together by the student by adopting a focused.g. methodology. information that is already published). Grammar-checkers can also be useful. ranks.e. Supervisors are only required to provide guidance on the planned structure of a student’s dissertation/thesis and research Assessment Criteria process. e.). When using secondary data (e. The student Deferment Regulations should take advantage of the academic writing support and guidance facilities that are available from Student Services and the English Language Centre. data gathering and handling. if needs be.northumbria.g. etc. Supervisors are not required to proof read draft Assessment Procedures chapters in order to correct poor spelling. are Introduction crucial to the preparation of a dissertation/thesis.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628286[07/10/2016 10:14:58] . the student is required to present it Research Evidence File appropriately and effectively and.000 words or an absolute maximum of 20. effect or affect. The student should try to uncover the full Research Participant Consent extent of what the data is saying or alluding to by comparing different sections of the data and using Form quantitative/qualitative analysis (where appropriate). the student should bring together the literature. and the primary or secondary data collected. their or there. The data should be presented effectively using simple Approval Form descriptive statistics (i. significant sources of information.uk/viewasset. punctuation or structure. The student should be asking: “What do these data tell us about the topic and how Ethical Considerations do they relate to other forms of assembled evidence?”   Research Project Ethics Should the student choose to collect primary data (e. There are many more. are collectively known as raw data. however. Declaration Form Again. information that has not previously been Registration Form published and is therefore original to the study). where or were.   Dissertation/Thesis In the conclusion chapter. the student should outline the methods used in the research methodology chapter of the dissertation/thesis including any problems encountered during Research Project Ethics the process of data gathering and handling. grammar. In essence. mean values.g. including the research goals.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Dissertation/Thesis Foreword Critical appraisal and detailed analysis are important aspects of academic writing. correlations) or qualitative data analysis techniques in the results chapter. Front Cover   It is recommended that a spell-checker be used on each draft chapter. inferential statistics (i. handle it in either a quantitative/qualitative/mixed method manner. why?) before making conclusions relating to the hypothesis/research question(s) and the research goals specified in the first chapter of Title Page the dissertation/thesis The student should also undertake a critically reflexive appraisal of their study. the student should be asking questions (e. The literature referred to. Analytical means asking appropriate Roles and Responsibilities questions.g. grammar. practice or practise. some Submission Requirements words that commonly slip though the spell-checker’s net. secondary and primary data evidence and compare and contrast what has been originally discovered with existing knowledge. when. This needs to be organized under a logical structure of chapters with appropriate sub-headings which make full use Research Proposal Form of primary and secondary bibliographic references using the Northumbria Harvard referencing system. it’s Submission Dates or its. principle or principal. where.   Dissertation Viva Voce   Academic Writing Support Thesis Viva Voce If a student experiences difficulty in expressing themselves in suitable academic English or experiences problems associated with spelling. intelligent and evaluative narrative/analytical discourse when writing their literature review. they may wish to approach Student Services and the English Language Centre for one-to-one advice or for acquiring self-help learning materials. being aware of potential bias in data sources.ac. theoretical underpinning. Research E-Journal important theoretical and methodological issues and the study’s primary research goals.     Presentation of Dissertation/Thesis The length of the dissertation/thesis should be 15. etc.   Research Resources The first stage of any analysis is a critical review of the literature surrounding the topic. charts and tables. The literature review should be organized around key themes.e. punctuation etc. There are. or in presenting figures. not taking anything for granted. the student is required to inform their reader(s) of Data Protection what the data actually means as far as the study’s goals are concerned.

figures/diagrams) referenced to page numbers.   A Structured Abstract must also be included. The advice given in these pages may therefore not necessarily apply to each dissertation/thesis Students should check with their supervisor and/or the module tutor if they are unsure about any aspect of the process of structuring and writing-up their research project.  Structured Abstract: This is a brief and structured summary of the research. The actual word count is to be declared explicitly on the Research Declaration Form.ac. the outline research https://pebblepad. and appendices.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628286[07/10/2016 10:14:58] . the background of the research project. sentence structure and clarity of style. Supervisors are not responsible for proof reading and correcting errors of this nature. followed by their translation or definitions.uk/viewasset. the parameters to the study (i. in-text citations and quotations. the format of which should be as outlined below. and include a separate but brief list of keywords.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University words.   The word count does not include the preliminary/front matter and/or references/back matter. rationale). acute attention should be paid to correct spelling.    Textual Matter The logical order to which most textual matter – subject to variations imposed by the topic researched – should conform:   Introductory Chapter: This is usually entitled Chapter 1.  Acknowledgments: If included. printed and included during the binding of the dissertation/thesis. we. however. It is normal practice to write dissertations/theses in the third person.e.   Normally. which is available from the Programme Handbook. the scope of the research and the purpose of the dissertation/thesis. including headings/sub-headings. The student is reminded that spell-check programs do not uncover all spelling errors. the student’s University of Northumbria personal identity number. Dissertations/theses exceeding this word limit will be penalised in accordance with the standard policy. including headings and sub-headings.     Writing Style The level of writing must be appropriate to the stipulated educational attainment level of the student’s chosen programme of study. usually about 200 words in length. us.  List of Illustrations: A full list of illustrations (i.  Table of Contents: A full and detailed list of the dissertation/thesis chapter titles.northumbria. the research goals (i. etc.  List of Tables: A full list of tables or charts referenced to page numbers.     Preliminary or Front Matter The logical order to which most preliminaries or front matter should be structured is outlined as follows:   Front Cover: This is the page that should be placed at the very front of the dissertation/thesis. It should be arranged according to the guidance stipulated at Structured Abstract web guide. It introduces the reader to and clearly defines the area being investigated. that the number of chapters and the exact format of the dissertation/thesis will depend upon the theme of the investigation and the methodological approach adopted. uncover and correct all spelling errors (including dissertations/theses that have been typed by another party). what is and what is not being studied). there should be no first person/personal pronoun references (I. figures and tables. It is the student’s responsibility to edit the script for any typing errors (typos).  Preface: Students should explain the motivation for the study. but includes ALL other material presented in the textual matter.  Title Page: This is a page displaying the full and final title of the dissertation/thesis the student’s full name.   The dissertation/thesis will normally include between four and seven chapters. the University and Faculty name and date of publication (see section entitled Title Page for further information).e. which should be a précis of the main elements of the dissertation/thesis of no more than 200 words. Specifically. aim(s). It must be stressed. you) in the dissertation/thesis.e. reference may be made to the author or the researcher.  List of Abbreviations: A list of abbreviations is desirable only if the student has devised new abbreviations instead of using commonly accepted ones. Requests for anonymity should be remembered when compiling this section. the acknowledgements section should be short and limited to those individuals/organizations that have assisted with the process of completing the dissertation/thesis. There is a proforma/standard template that must be completed.e. Summarising and compressing the information in a dissertation/thesis is one of the key skills that students are expected to acquire and demonstrate as part of the research process. objectives. It will include the nature/scope of the research (i. Students must ensure they fully comply with the requirement to include the front cover and use the proforma/standard template provided (see section entitled Front Cover for further information). hypothesis or key question). grammar. including keywords. depending on the methodological stance. punctuation.  Glossary: A dissertation/thesis that contains many foreign words or technical terms and phrases likely to be unfamiliar to the reader should include a list of these (alphabetically organized). If self-reference is required.

e. A case study analysis chapter will enable particular research findings to be tested in a specific situation. an appendix should not be used to hide/deposit additional words. previously published material.e. The primary aim of the literature review chapter(s) is to provide a concise and lucid account of the current state of knowledge surrounding the topic to be investigated. organized into main issues. although if there is little such material and it is all of a similar nature. The most relevant issues to be considered will vary between research projects. charts and graphs.ac. from a theoretically.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628286[07/10/2016 10:14:58] . Too often students leave this chapter to the last minute and present their findings in a most inappropriate and ill-conceived manner. The student should also make justified recommendations concerning future avenues of potential research. this recommendation is dependent upon the topic studied and the methods for gathering and analysing data. tables. be appropriate to highlight issues associated with a number of case examples throughout both of the chapters. briefly guides/informs the reader about what is to be presented in the dissertation/thesis. they should only include published material that is directly related to their study and accurately referenced using the Northumbria Harvard referencing system. As a general guide. The student must schedule enough time to carefully structure and write this chapter. transcripts from interviews. Where a specific chapter is devoted to the examination of case study material.northumbria. it may be appropriate for this particular chapter to follow the earlier descriptive chapter which examines the research findings (as explained immediately above). In the discussion of the results. Appendices are labelled alphabetically.e. but also balanced and reasonable in relation to the work done. a descriptive analysis of the results. and their success in recruiting or gathering the intended sample. the research goals. i. the literature review should insightfully. The conclusions should be clear.  Literature Review Chapter(s): Depending upon the chosen format. in a descriptive and evaluative manner. This chapter should not contain a review of the literature. the literature review may be compiled in single chapter or several chapters. unambiguous. Keywords to remember for this chapter are explanation. Although some interpretation will have already been presented in the Results. but students should evaluate how rigorously they were able to execute the intended research design and methods of data collection.  Conclusion: This chapter is the end product of the study where all the facts and arguments of the students’ research and academic reflections are intricately woven together.and evidence- based perspective. It should be very carefully structured and written to link the theoretical strands of the dissertation/thesis together. figures. It is also good practice to remind the reader of the scope of the study. critically evaluate previously published work.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University method (i. Either way. It may. The student must not introduce new material in this chapter. evaluation and justification.uk/viewasset.  Results and Data Analysis: This is probably the most important chapter in the dissertation/thesis. it is also necessary for the student to consider the findings more critically. legal documents. nevertheless. In a work-based project. complex statistics. method to be used to address the research goals).  Research Method: This is usually one chapter reviewing how the problem is to be investigated and the instruments/tools that will be used during the study.      References or Back Matter The logical order to which most reference matter – subject to variations imposed by the topic researched – should conform:   Appendices: An appendix is a useful resource for depositing material that is relevant to the textual matter but not suitable for inclusion within it. any deviations from the original plan. basic facts concerning case studies and copies of letters of enquiry or for introducing the questionnaire. and the dissertation/thesis structure overview (i. and the justification for selecting the chosen research method. key theories and concepts. The chapter should include an overview of the study’s findings. The student must express their findings very clearly using texts. The findings should be discussed and critically evaluated in the light of any threats to reliability/validity or rigour/trustworthiness inherent in the research design. the Results and Data Analysis and Conclusions chapters should account for around one third of the dissertation/thesis word count. the student should analyze their own findings in relation to what is already known in the literature. Students doing qualitative empirical or work-based research projects may choose to combine 'findings' with 'discussion' in one integrated section. Appendices are referenced in text in parentheses (Appendix A) not (see appendix A)  References: This is a reference list of all items consulted/cited during the writing of the https://pebblepad. Students should also make recommendations for future research and professional practice development on the basis of their findings and experiences. it may all be included within one appendix. and an examination of the correlations/associations/patterns in the data. The student should also spend some time describing the characteristics of their research sample and method of data analysis. the student must critically discuss the influence of their research in the professional practice context within which the study was located. Examples might be detailed questionnaire results. which consider the main research findings. The student must be careful about what information they present in their literature review chapter. the limitations to the study. and it must appraise the appropriateness of the research goals and chosen research method. The student is recommended to seek advice from their supervisor on this matter. The chapter(s) should be very carefully structured and present. Although the word limit is confined to work contained in the chapters in the textual matter. Students should also present a reflexive analysis of their own position or role in the research and analyze the impact of their views or beliefs on the interpretation of data. However. Organization of material should be discussed with the supervisor at an early stage. The value of the research to the student's field of investigation or discipline should be made explicit.

If an illustration is too large for such treatment. the dissertation/thesis should not contain confidential material. The Bibliography list must exclude the material listed in the References.e. it is strongly recommended that students keep their titles brief. There should be some visual indication of the beginning of a chapter. the right-hand page of an open book) and on paper that is opaque enough to avoid ‘show-through’ (see immediately above).  Line Spacing: There should be enough spaces between lines to allow ease of horizontal https://pebblepad.5 mm for x-height (height of lower-case x).  Word Spacing and Division: Full justification of text should be avoided . Word division (hyphenation) at the end of lines should be avoided. unfortunately. all the material of the dissertation/thesis. should not be less than 2 mm for capitals and 1. block quotations should not be set in italic format.     Presentation of the Dissertation/Thesis A very high level of presentation is expected. Students must not to reduce font size below 9 point.  Format: The text and.northumbria. text should be produced entirely on rectos (i.  Paper: Paper used for the text should be of a substance within the range 70 g/m2 to 100 g/m2. The student should group references in alphabetical order of author surname using the Northumbria Harvard referencing system. another format is required for the occasional chart or illustration. script.g. be given in abbreviated form on the front cover. should not be used in the cover title. Running headings and page numbers should be within the recommended margins. nor should capital letters be used for long passages.ac. The use of italic. However. University Graphics (which is located at the rear of Trinity Building) can Wiro bind dissertations/theses provided they are submitted for binding around 5 working days before they are needed for submission.  Colour: The use of colour in the text must be avoided. Displayed. it should either be bound so that part of it is concealed when the volume is closed.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University dissertation/thesis The student should group references in alphabetical order of author surname using the Northumbria Harvard referencing system.e. although that will make it less convenient to consult.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628286[07/10/2016 10:14:58] . Coloured paper should not be used to separate the chapters of the dissertation/thesis. which are extracted from BS4821: 1990 Presentation of Theses and Dissertations – which. Titles or words in non- Roman characters should be converted to the Roman alphabet. If. if they are bound into the dissertation/thesis. Arabic numerals are acceptable. Please check with the module tutor if in doubt. The margins around all illustrations and off-prints should normally be no smaller than those of text. so that it is easy to read and reproduce. the left-hand edge of a recto. should be not less than 40 mm. Students will be required to pay a small and reasonable fee for this service. It should be white. If a student has any doubts. it should be produced on paper that can be folded to fit within the dissertation/thesis. including illustrations. The dissertation/thesis should be bound using the Front Cover template. Every chapter should begin on a new page.  Bibliography: This is an ordered and structured list of all published and unpublished material consulted during the preparation of the dissertation/thesis. etc.   Conventions: It is essential that the presentation of the dissertation/thesis is consistent. via the module tutor. or it should be folded and stored in a pocket attached to the inside back cover of the dissertation/thesis. providing prior approval has been obtained from the participants of the research project and the Research Ethics Committee. the margin on the binding edge of the page. including displayed matter. has been withdrawn from publication – should be strictly adhered to.  Margins: To allow for binding and ease of reading. then they should speak with the module tutor. should be produced on A4-sized paper. but should be used sparingly. symbols. wherever possible.  Production of Text: To avoid the risk of show-through. but other symbols in non-Roman characters.left justification is required. It must be Wiro bound (comb or thermal tape binding are unacceptable and will not be accepted as an appropriate submission medium). This gives a good contrast with the text.. the submission will be considered unsatisfactory and will not be examined until re-presented in accordance with the stipulated submission requirements (see section entitled Submission Requirements for further information). if necessary. The title of the dissertation/thesis should. for ease of reading and assessment. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to include such information. If smaller characters are used in footnotes. in exceptional circumstances. sections and sub-sections. If students submit their dissertation/thesis in a format that fails to satisfy the binding requirements outlined in this handbook. e. colour and fancy typefaces should not be used merely for decorative effect. i.  Binding: The dissertation/thesis should be bound in such a way that it can be opened fully. Students must use 12 point Times New Roman font for the main text and now smaller than 9 point Times New Roman for illustrations. care should be taken to avoid serious loss of legibility when copies are made. The dissertation/thesis should be divided into appropriate units such as chapters.uk/viewasset.      Confidential Material Following the recommendations outlined in the Ethical Considerations section of this handbook. These guidance notes. Text should be set with even spacing between words because unequal spaces between words tend to impede comfortable reading. Colour may only be used for illustrations. as it will be made available as an electronic resource for other students. The student should therefore set text to left-hand justification. Other margins should be not less than 25 mm.  Font and Character Size: The size of the characters used in the textual matter.

e.g. etc. e. e. preferably in the top right-hand corner of each recto. For example.g.g. e. Text should be the same size as the main text.  Tables and Figures: Each table and figure should have a number and title which should appear beneath the table or figure. The position and typographic dominance of headings should reflect their status in the hierarchy and should be consistent throughout the Thesis. diacritical marks or strings of capitals letters may need additional space. iii.ac. Table 4. or indented 5 mm to 10 mm with no additional space between paragraphs. Students are therefore required to use one-and-a-half line spacing and not double line spacing.g. e. etc.g.  Pagination: Page numbers should be visibly clear of the text.northumbria. normally more than 30 words. The title should briefly describe the content of the table or figure. Lines that contain mathematical formulae.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628286[07/10/2016 10:14:58] . The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.uk/viewasset. 1.2 Employment Statistics. The pages of the dissertation/thesis should be numbered in a single sequence beginning with the title page. The use of blank pages to divide the dissertation/thesis into sections must not be used. which should be counted but not numbered and including pages that carry tables.g. where the chapter heading is the first level. Figure 4. The preliminary or front matter pages should be numbered using lower-case Roman numerals. i. illustrations. In closer spacing. footnotes.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University scanning. Lines should be single line spacing.  Paragraphs: Paragraphs should be set in one of the following ways: flush left with an additional line space between paragraphs. iv.  Displayed Text: Quoted matter that is displayed. whereas the textual matter and references or back matter pages should be numbered using Arabic numbers. the second table listing employment statistics within chapter 3 would be labelled: Table 3. Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct.2 Reduction in Construction Output. or summarize it. There should normally be no more than four levels. Displayed quotations do not need quotations marks or to be typed using italic typeface. three line spaces between paragraphs. The number should precede the title.1 Influence of Interest Rates on Construction. https://pebblepad. Report inappropriate content. Tables and figures are numbered sequentially within chapters and should include a numerical reference to the chapter in which they are positioned. ii. 3. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad.  Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012. the spaces between lines at any point should be not less than the space between the words. This was last edited on 25 February 2014. 2.and right-hand side in block format. in one-and-a-half line spacing. e. Each level should be distinguished from the others by position or typography or both. should be indented 5 mm to 10 mm on the left. opening paragraphs and those that follow headings are not to be indented. appendices etc.  Headings and Levels: Headings should be used to indicate the hierarchical structure of the text.

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Declaration Form
Foreword
The Declaration Form must be placed in the dissertation/thesis according to the following instructions.
Introduction  
All students, and this includes Northumbria distance learning students and the MSc Project
Higher Education Framework
Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management
(dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to
Roles and Responsibilities
Chalmers to complete their research, must submit two Wiro bound copies of their dissertation/thesis
Supervision by the stipulated deadline (see sections entitled Submission Dates and Deferment Regulations for
further information) to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office at Northumbria University.
Research Resources The dissertation/thesis must be Wiro bound (comb, thermal tape and ring binding are unacceptable
media and will not be accepted). The dissertation/thesis should be bound using the Front Cover
Research Proposal Form template with a signed and dated copy of the Declaration Form placed immediately after the Title
Page. Students are able to collect one copy of their dissertation/thesis from the Faculty of Engineering
Research E-Journal and Environment office after confirmation and publication of the results. The University is unable to
return a student's dissertation/thesis by post.
Research Evidence File

Ethical Considerations

Research Project Ethics
Registration Form

Research Project Ethics
Approval Form

Research Participant Consent
Form

Data Protection

Dissertation/Thesis

Declaration Form

Title Page

Front Cover

Submission Requirements

Submission Dates

Deferment Regulations

Assessment Procedures

Assessment Criteria

Dissertation Viva Voce

Thesis Viva Voce

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Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook
 
 
Title Page
Foreword
The Title Page must be placed in the dissertation/thesis according to the following instruction. An
Introduction example title page is available via the following hyperlink: Example Title Page.
 
Higher Education Framework
All students, and this includes Northumbria distance learning students and the MSc Project
Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management
Roles and Responsibilities
(dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to
Supervision Chalmers to complete their research, must submit two Wiro bound copies of their dissertation/thesis
by the stipulated deadline (see sections entitled Submission Dates and Deferment Regulations for
Research Resources further information) to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office at Northumbria University.
The dissertation/thesis must be Wiro bound (comb, thermal tape and ring binding are unacceptable
Research Proposal Form media and will not be accepted). The dissertation/thesis should be bound using the Front Cover
template with a signed and dated copy of the Declaration Form placed immediately after the Title
Research E-Journal Page. Students are able to collect one copy of their dissertation/thesis from the Faculty of Engineering
and Environment office after confirmation and publication of the results. The University is unable to
Research Evidence File return a student's dissertation/thesis by post.

Ethical Considerations

Research Project Ethics
Registration Form

Research Project Ethics
Approval Form

Research Participant Consent
Form

Data Protection

Dissertation/Thesis

Declaration Form

Title Page

Front Cover

Submission Requirements

Submission Dates

Deferment Regulations

Assessment Procedures

Assessment Criteria

Dissertation Viva Voce

Thesis Viva Voce

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MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI.   Higher Education Framework All students. The dissertation/thesis must be Wiro bound (comb. thermal tape and ring binding are unacceptable Research Proposal Form media and will not be accepted).MSc Project Management and MSc Project Form Management dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology  BE1181 Dissertation (Construction Project Management) . The Research Project Ethics relevant dissertation/thesis module for each specialist project management pathway can be identified Registration Form in the following list:   Research Project Ethics Approval Form BE1036 Professional Practice Thesis .MSc Building Design Declaration Form Management and BIM  Title Page   Using this information.MSc Building Design Management Dissertation/Thesis and BIM  BE1269 Work-based Dissertation (Building Design Management and BIM) . must submit two Wiro bound copies of their dissertation/thesis by the stipulated deadline (see sections entitled Submission Dates and Deferment Regulations for Research Resources further information) to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office at Northumbria University. and this includes Northumbria distance learning students and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. students should download and complete the relevant front cover template from Front Cover below:   Submission Requirements BE1036 Professional Practice Thesis Front Cover Template  Submission Dates BE1180 Dissertation (Project Management) Front Cover Template  BE1180 Dissertation (Project Management) Dual Award Front Cover Template  Deferment Regulations BE1181 Dissertation (Construction Project Management) Front Cover Template  BE1268 Dissertation (Building Design Management and BIM) Front Cover Template  Assessment Procedures BE1269 Work-based Dissertation (Building Design Management and BIM) Front Cover Template  Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.ac. Each dissertation/thesis module is worth 60 credit points of independent postgraduate study at level 7. The University is unable to Research Evidence File return a student's dissertation/thesis by post.CESI)  Research Participant Consent BE1180 Dissertation (Project Management) .MSc Construction Project Data Protection Management  BE1268 Dissertation (Building Design Management and BIM) .   Ethical Considerations There are several master's dissertation/thesis modules included with the framework. Students are able to collect one copy of their dissertation/thesis from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office after confirmation and publication of the results. The dissertation/thesis should be bound using the Front Cover template with a signed and dated copy of the Declaration Form placed immediately after the Title Research E-Journal Page.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Front Cover Foreword The Front Cover must be placed at the front of the dissertation/thesis according to the following Introduction instructions.northumbria.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management Roles and Responsibilities (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Supervision Chalmers to complete their research.uk/viewasset.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628277[07/10/2016 10:16:31] .

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Students must clearly write their full name.     Electronic Copy of Dissertation/Thesis via Turnitin Students are also required to submit an electronic copy of the dissertation/thesis in Microsoft Word format to the Turnitin facility via the module’s eLP course site.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628285[07/10/2016 10:17:45] . must not be used in the title.   Deferment Regulations   Electronic Copy of Dissertation/Thesis on CD-ROM Assessment Procedures In addition to the two Wiro bound copies of the dissertation/thesis. and this includes Northumbria distance learning students and the MSc Project Introduction Management (dual award in collaboration with EI. students are required to submit an electronic copy of their dissertation/thesis in Microsoft Word format on CD-ROM. including spaces. The electronic copy must also include the Front Cover and Title Page. The address to which items must be sent is: Supervision   Faculty of Engineering and Environment Administration Office Research Resources Northumbria University Ellison Building Research Proposal Form Ellison Place Newcastle upon Tyne Research E-Journal NE1 8ST   Research Evidence File   Dissertation/Thesis Ethical Considerations Two Wiro bound copies of the dissertation/thesis (comb.northumbria. The dissertation/thesis must be Research Project Ethics bound using the Front Cover template with a signed and dated copy of the Declaration Form placed Registration Form immediately after the Title Page.uk/viewasset. symbols. if necessary. the student’s full name and their Northumbria University personal identity number. Titles or words in non-Roman characters should be Data Protection converted to the Roman alphabet. Dissertation/Thesis   Declaration Form University Graphics (which is located at the rear of Trinity Building) can Wiro bind dissertation/theses provided they are submitted for binding at least 5 working days before they are needed for Title Page submission. but other symbols in non-Roman characters. it must also be illustrated on the CD-ROM.CESI) student and the MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Higher Education Framework Chalmers to complete their research. be given in abbreviated form on the Front Approval Form Cover template.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Submission Requirements Foreword All students. which would Submission Dates mean the student would not be considered for an award at the Progression and Awards Board (PAB). must submit the following items to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment Administration Office at Northumbria University on or before the deadline stipulated Roles and Responsibilities in the section entitled Submission Dates. the University and Research Participant Consent Faculty name and date of publication (see section entitled Front Cover for further information).ac. The front cover is a page displaying the full and final title of the dissertation/thesis. thermal tape and ring binding are unacceptable binding media) must be submitted for assessment. is 220. Thesis Viva Voce module number. Students will be required to pay a small. Instructions explaining the Turnitin submission requirements and procedure are outlined in the eLP course site. e. reasonable fee for this service.g. Students are not https://pebblepad. If this information is illustrated on the CD-ROM case/sleeve/box. the submission will be considered unsatisfactory and will not be examined Submission Requirements until re-presented in accordance with the stipulated submission requirements.   Front Cover If students submit their dissertation/thesis in a format that fails to satisfy the binding requirements outlined in this handbook. The electronic copy Assessment Criteria must be saved as a single file and not as a series of individual files for each chapter of the dissertation/thesis. It is Form necessary for students to keep their final dissertation/thesis title brief: the maximum permissible number of characters. their Northumbria University personal identity number. A USB flash Dissertation Viva Voce drive is an unacceptable submission medium for the electronic copy of the dissertation/thesis.   Research Project Ethics The title of the dissertation/thesis should. This may result in the student’s module mark not being presented at the Module Examination Board (MEB). Arabic numerals are acceptable. module title and submission date on the CD-ROM.

case study materials. This was last edited on 25 February 2014. correspondence associated with the research project and completed questionnaires. Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012. students are required to maintain a Research Evidence File.     Research Evidence File Throughout the process of completing their dissertation/thesis. Failure to submit a Research Evidence File will constitute an incomplete assessment submission. This file will include rough notes. which may adversely affect or delay confirmation of the student’s award. the working papers for these must also be included within the file. completed surveys. questionnaires and Research Participant Consent Forms must be retained and included within the file. Neither are they permitted the opportunity to view the Turnitin originality report following submission of their dissertation/thesis. Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct. If a student’s dissertation/thesis includes calculations. successive draft chapters. etc.northumbria. Furthermore. It should also include the Research Supervision Programme Form as outlined in the section entitled Supervision.uk/viewasset. photocopied articles.ac. The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.   Students must submit their Research Evidence File to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office at Northumbria University when submitting their dissertation/thesis for assessment. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad. interview transcriptions.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628285[07/10/2016 10:17:45] .Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University permitted an opportunity to submit a draft copy of their dissertation/thesis to Turnitin for checking prior to final submission. along with the names and addresses of the respondents and the full correspondence details of their employing organizations. https://pebblepad. Report inappropriate content.

ac. These are the first attempt submission Introduction opportunity and the deferred attempt submission opportunity.uk by no later than the last Friday of the month immediately prior to the first attempt submission opportunity.ac. The submission dates depend upon whether students are progressed to the dissertation/thesis module at the first Progression and Awards Higher Education Framework Board (PAB) following the successful completion of the taught element of their master’s programme of study or are referred to the next (re-sit) PAB. This means students will be allowed to defer submission of the dissertation/thesis from the first attempt submission opportunity to the deferred attempt submission opportunity. Research E-Journal   Decision to defer submission of the dissertation/thesis must be notified in writing by email to the lead Research Evidence File module tutor at allan. Research Resources   In accordance with the Deferment Regulations. Research Project Ethics Approval Form Research Participant Consent Form Data Protection Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628276[07/10/2016 10:17:58] . Ethical Considerations   Deferment of the dissertation/thesis will incur the write-up fee at the time of the student's enrolment Research Project Ethics onto the dissertation/thesis module. Students are therefore either normally progressed to Roles and Responsibilities the dissertation/thesis module or referred and then progressed to the dissertation/thesis module. all students are permitted one deferred submission Research Proposal Form opportunity.uk/viewasset. The Supervision first attempt and final attempt submission dates for a particular cohort of students will be highlighted in an announcement on the eLP course. The programme administrator can provide students with Registration Form information regarding the write-up fee.northumbria.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Submission Dates Foreword Two submission opportunities for the dissertation/thesis exist.osborne@northumbria.

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Research Resources   Dissertation Research Proposal Form The module tutor co-ordinates the summative assessment procedure for all dissertations. plagiarism and the viva voce. The module tutor will subsequently record the first stage examiners' result for the dissertation as the 100% weighting contribution towards the module mark.   Deferment Regulations The programme external examiners will be presented with a sample of the dissertations which have been assessed by the first and second stage examiners prior to confirmation of the module results at Assessment Procedures the Module Examination Board (MEB).northumbria. but will include at least three members of academic staff: two members of https://pebblepad. The process is confidential and unconfirmed module results will not be released before or after the Module Research E-Journal Examination Board/Progression and Awards Board (MEB/PAB). Approval Form   Initially. The process is confidential and unconfirmed module results will not be released before or after the Northumbria Thesis Viva Voce Module Examination Board/Progression and Awards Board (MEB/PAB). Title Page   Should the first stage examiners fail to agree. Students should pay Introduction particular attention to the explanations concerning word limits. the dissertation will be examined by two members of academic staff: the Research Participant Consent student’s supervisor (wherever possible) and another member of academic staff appointed by the Form module tutor (usually another supervisor).   The thesis will be examined by a panel. and in all cases. The first stage examiners will assess the dissertation simultaneously and will meet together to discuss the work. they will award a single mark that represents their unified opinion of the dissertation's merit. The second stage examiner will be provided with copies of the first stage examiners’ marks and assessment criteria/feedback sheets.ac.   Higher Education Framework There are several master's dissertation/thesis modules included with the Project Management Framework. their Research Project Ethics allocated Northumbria supervisor will. The module tutor will subsequently record the second stage examiner’s result for the Submission Dates dissertation as the 100% weighting contribution towards the module mark. wherever possible. Students must ensure they study the correct assessment procedure for their particular master's dissertation/thesis module.uk/viewasset. Students should contact the programme administrator in order to ascertain the publication date of their confirmed Ethical Considerations module result. Confirmed module results will be notified to students via their final Student Module Results Form (SMRF) by post/collection from the Research Evidence File Faculty of Engineering and Environment office and/or via MyMarks on MyNorthumbria. Students should contact the programme administrator in order to ascertain the publication date of their confirmed module result. The members of the examination panel will be determined by the module tutor. examine their own supervisee's dissertation.   Assessment Criteria   Thesis Dissertation Viva Voce The module tutor co-ordinates the summative assessment procedure for all theses. The relevant dissertation/thesis module for each specialist project management Supervision pathway is outlined in the Foreword. Marks will be awarded as a percentage.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628275[07/10/2016 10:18:27] . In the case of a Registration Form dissertation submitted by an MSc Project Management (dual award in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology) student who chooses to return to Chalmers to complete their research. The second stage Submission Requirements examiner will return their assessment criteria/feedback sheet and mark to the module tutor once completed.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Assessment Procedures Foreword This section outlines the assessment procedures for the Dissertation/Thesis. Confirmed module results will be notified to students via their final Student Module Results Form (SMRF) by post/collection from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment office and/or via MyMarks on MyNorthumbria. wherever possible. The first stage examiners will also produce a combined Dissertation/Thesis feedback commentary using the assessment criteria/feedback sheet available in the section entitled Declaration Form Assessment Criteria. Each dissertation/thesis module is worth 60 credit points of independent postgraduate Roles and Responsibilities study at level 7. examine the work.   Research Project Ethics Supervisors will. Assuming the pair of first stage examiners Data Protection agrees. the module tutor will proceed to assign a second stage Front Cover examiner to assess and moderate the dissertation.

The extent of the penality is determined by the former School of the Built and Natural Environment's Assessment.    Where the word count is exceeded by more than 10%.     Dissertation Viva Voce A viva voce (oral examination) will not normally form part of the assessment process for the dissertation. https://pebblepad. A number of educational tools are available via the Plagiarism Advisory Service website for students to determine what plagiarism is.000 words extra without penalty.001–26. However.uk/viewasset.  Tolerance of 10%: normally. collusion. The word count penality for taught postgraduate programmes is a follows:   Normally. supports further and higher education by providing strategic guidance. academic staff and students to gain generic advice and guidance about plagiarism and detailed guidance on copyright and data protection issues relating to plagiarism. Assuming the panel is able to agree a unified mark. and at least one member of academic staff from EI. At least one of the academic members of staff appointed to the examination panel will not have been involved in supervising the student during the process of conducting the investigation.000 (>40% over) = 100% penalty.     Plagiarism The Information Management Research Institute at Northumbria University is the home of the JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service. Students must ensure they do not plagiarise other people’s work. The University takes a very firm view of any form of plagiarism. zero mark awarded    The actual word count is to be declared explicitly on the Declaration Form. the examiners will discuss the work and agree a mark. Students must not take any risks – they should always reference other people’s work fully and correctly using the Northumbria Harvard referencing system. up to 2.001–24.ac. The Plagiarism Advisory Service at Northumbria University is a web-based facility (TurnitinUK being one such facility) which allows institutions. the thesis will be examined by the Northumbria external examiners and discussed in detail with the module tutor. if the first and second stage examiners and module tutor consider it necessary. Summarising and compressing the information in a dissertation/thesis is one of the key skills that students are expected to acquire and demonstrate as part of the research process. This procedure will result in the module tutor and the external examiners making a final decision and awarding a mark. moderation and feedback policy. falsification or academic misconduct.  No minimum word count is stipulated (as any student submitting a piece of work substantially less than 20.   It is likely that the former School of the Built and Natural Environment's guide will be replaced in the near future to reflect the Faculty of Engineering and Environment's assessment. Students are strongly advised to read this section of the Regulations. which is funded by all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils.000 words).e.   Following examination by the panel. Students are therefore advised to visit and use the tools on this website if they are in any way doubtful about plagiarism. the maximum word length is 20. Marks will be awarded as a percentage. During this process the Northumbria external examiners and module tutor will be presented with the assessment criteria/feedback sheets completed by each member of the examination panel. i. the mark which would otherwise have been awarded is reduced as follows:   22.000 words will be penalised (the recommended word limit is 15.001–28.000 (or >10% but <20% over) = 10% penalty   24.000 (or >30% but <40% over) = 30% penalty   Over 28. learning.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628275[07/10/2016 10:18:27] . research and academic administration. The assessment criteria/feedback sheet is available for consultation in the section entitled Assessment Criteria. advice and opportunities to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support teaching. Moderation and Feedback Policy.   The Northumbria external examiners will be presented with a sample of the theses which have been assessed by the panel prior to confirmation of the module results at the Northumbria Module Examination Board (MEB).northumbria. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). the members will proceed to complete a unified assessment criteria/feedback sheet. The meaning and implications of this are detailed in Appendix 1 of the Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards (ARNA). Should the panel fail to agree upon a unified mark.000 words is unlikely to perform well). The module tutor will subsequently record the moderated result for the thesis as the 75% weighting contribution towards the module mark..000 words.CESI.     Exceeding the Word Limit Dissertations/theses exceeding the maximum word limit of 20.000 (or >20% but <30% over) = 20% penalty   26.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University academic staff from Northumbria. once it is published following Faculty sub-committee approval.   Any instances of plagiarism that are suspected will be fully investigated and dealt with in accordance with University’s regulations.

research findings.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628275[07/10/2016 10:18:27] . https://pebblepad. This was last edited on 25 February 2014.northumbria.   Distance learning students and students unable to return to the UK to attend a viva voce will be required to participate by teleconference. This will be immediately followed by a 30-minute viva voce with the panel. The student's presentation will last approximately 30- minutes. The presentation and viva voce will occur once the examination panel (as discussed above) has assessed the student's thesis.ac. the student will be asked to return to the examination room in order to receive oral feedback from the panel. Northumbria University is responsible for this installation of PebblePad. conclusions and recommendations of their professional practice thesis during a one-hour examination and defence of the work. video conference or Skype. they may well discover that their dissertation module result is unable to be presented and confirmed at the Module Examination Board (MEB). The viva voce will be held (where possible) before the end of the semester (please refer to the Academic Calendar for further information) in which the dissertation is submitted for summative assessment. This may result in the student being unable to graduate or to be considered for an award at the Progression and Awards Board (PAB).uk/viewasset. Tree view Allan Osborne created this on 01 October 2012. If a student is unable to attend their allocated presentation and viva voce time slot. Report inappropriate content. This may result in the student being unable to graduate or to be considered for an award at the Northumbria Progression and Awards Board (PAB). A programme administrator will also be present to take minutes. they may well discover that their professional practice thesis module result is unable to be presented and confirmed at the Northumbria Module Examination Board (MEB). If a student is unable to attend a viva voce. Assertions made by users of the system are subject to this disclaimer and this code of conduct. The PebblePad ePortfolio © system has been developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.   Students must ensure that they are available to attend a viva voce.   It is anticipated that a viva voce would include a 15-minute presentation by the student and a 30- minute defence of the dissertation based on questions raised by an examination panel.   Students must ensure that they are available to attend the presentation and viva voce.     Thesis Viva Voce The thesis presentation and viva voce will be conducted in English and will provide the student with an opportunity to present the theoretical and methodological frameworks. an interview/examination will be arranged (where possible) before the programme external examiners visit. Marks will be awarded as a percentage using the Thesis Viva Voce Assessment Criteria which is available in the section entitled Thesis Viva Voce. presentation and viva voce. the student will be asked to leave the room while the examination panel moderates and agrees a mark for the thesis. Following the viva voce. if required. The examination panel will usually consist of the dissertation examiners and module tutor. Once a decision has been made regarding the student's presentation and viva voce performance.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University where clarification of the content and authenticity is required.

    Research E-Journal Research Evidence File Ethical Considerations Research Project Ethics Registration Form Research Project Ethics Approval Form Research Participant Consent Form Data Protection Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad. The relevant dissertation/thesis module for each specialist project management Higher Education Framework pathway is outlined in the Foreword. Each dissertation/thesis module is worth 60 credit points of independent postgraduate study at level 7. Research Proposal Form BE1268 and BE1269 are outlined in the Dissertation Assessment Criteria.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Assessment Criteria Foreword There are several master's dissertation/thesis modules included with the Project Management Introduction Framework.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628274[07/10/2016 10:18:40] .uk/viewasset.  Research Resources The criteria used to assess dissertation submitted by students enrolled on BE1180.ac. Roles and Responsibilities   Supervision The criteria used to assess theses submitted by students enrolled on BE1036 are outlined in the Thesis Assessment Criteria.northumbria. BE1181. Students must ensure they study and access the correct assessment criteria for their particular master's dissertation/thesis module.

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Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Dissertation Viva Voce Foreword A viva voce (oral examination) will not normally form part of the assessment process for the Introduction dissertation. The examination panel will usually consist of the dissertation examiners and module tutor. This may result in the student Research Proposal Form being unable to graduate or to be considered for an award at the Progression and Awards Board (PAB). Research E-Journal   It is anticipated that a viva voce would include a 15-minute presentation by the student and a 30- Research Evidence File minute defence of the dissertation based on questions raised by an examination panel.northumbria. The viva voce will be Supervision held (where possible) before the end of the semester (please refer to the Academic Calendar for further information) in which the dissertation is submitted for summative assessment. if required.   Research Project Ethics Distance learning students and students unable to return to the UK to attend a viva voce will be Registration Form required to participate by teleconference.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=629734[07/10/2016 10:18:54] . Research Project Ethics Approval Form Research Participant Consent Form Data Protection Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.ac. However. where clarification of the content and authenticity is required.uk/viewasset. an interview/examination will be Higher Education Framework arranged (where possible) before the programme external examiners visit. they may well discover that their dissertation module result is unable to be presented and confirmed at the Module Examination Board (MEB). A programme Ethical Considerations administrator will also be present to take minutes. video conference or Skype. if the first and second stage examiners and module tutor consider it necessary.   Roles and Responsibilities Students must ensure that they are available to attend a viva voce. If a student is Research Resources unable to attend a viva voce.

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uk/viewasset. This may result in the student being unable to Ethical Considerations graduate or to be considered for an award at the Northumbria Progression and Awards Board (PAB). Once a decision has been made regarding the student's presentation and viva voce performance. presentation and viva voce. Research Project Ethics Registration Form Research Project Ethics Approval Form Research Participant Consent Form Data Protection Dissertation/Thesis Declaration Form Title Page Front Cover Submission Requirements Submission Dates Deferment Regulations Assessment Procedures Assessment Criteria Dissertation Viva Voce Thesis Viva Voce Tree view https://pebblepad.   Research E-Journal Students must ensure that they are available to attend the presentation and viva voce. the student will be asked to leave the room while the examination panel moderates and agrees a mark for the thesis.aspx?oid=628273&type=webfolio&pageoid=628296[07/10/2016 10:19:06] . research findings. If a student is unable to attend their allocated presentation and viva voce time slot. the student will be asked to return to the Research Proposal Form examination room in order to receive oral feedback from the panel.ac. The student's presentation will last approximately 30- Roles and Responsibilities minutes. Following the viva Supervision voce. conclusions and recommendations of their professional practice thesis during a one-hour examination and defence Higher Education Framework of the work. This will be immediately followed by a 30-minute viva voce with the panel.Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook | Webfolio | Northumbria University Project Management Programme Dissertation Handbook     Thesis Viva Voce Foreword The thesis presentation and viva voce will be conducted in English and will provide the student with an Introduction opportunity to present the theoretical and methodological frameworks. Marks will be awarded as a percentage using the Research Resources Thesis Presentation and Viva Voce Assessment Criteria. they may well discover that Research Evidence File their professional practice thesis module result is unable to be presented and confirmed at the Northumbria Module Examination Board (MEB).northumbria. The presentation and viva voce will occur once the examination panel (as discussed above) has assessed the student's thesis.

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