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1. What is the Dissertation? 2. The Research Process 3. Selecting a Topic/Formulating a Working Title 4. The Role of the Supervisor 5. Working with your Supervisor 6. The Literature Search 7. Structuring your Dissertation 8. Referencing and Bibliography 9. Avoiding Plagiarism 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Completion and Presentation of Final Draft Interim Report Learning Outcomes Submission Deadlines Assessment Items and Marking Criteria
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Appendices A B C D E F Dissertation Proposal Form Declaration of Authorship Interim Report Cover Sheet Dissertation Cover Sheet Assessment Criteria and Guidelines Guidelines for Joint Dissertation Students 21 22 23 24 25 27
You will be penalised if you do. Additionally. memoirs. Your dissertation should be 10-12. 1) Primary data – any ‘unprocessed data.000 words in length. Your dissertation is a piece of independent research.. As such. articles from The Sun and information from websites are all primary data. but this is the time in Higher Education when you take on the main responsibility for your own work. you do need to think carefully about the implications of choosing a topic that involves you in carrying out empirical investigations of your own (see below section 3). For example. investigate a problem in detail. ‘who is writing this and why?’ 3 . autobiographies or information from websites Clearly. This may entail: I) contemporary source material II) fieldwork undertaken for an empirical dissertation III) statistics from official documents.1. It presents you with a real challenge: to demonstrate that you can choose a topic in Criminology that interests you. and present your findings in proper academic format. However. (You will find the specification of learning outcomes in section 11 below).e. i. but it is your research skills that are being tested. statistics from the European Union. yet clearly some data are more reliable than others. Always ask. or easier to carry out successfully. treat such data cautiously. enthusiasm and initiative on your part. Both require you to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical debates and substantive studies relevant to your topic. if you want to do well. You will be supported throughout the research process by your Supervisor. students should note that either type will probably draw on both primary and secondary data and thus it is important that you understand the differences between these from the start. those which are presented without interpretation or analysis or from non-academic sources. Your Supervisor will give advice and guidance. DO NOT EXCEED THE WORD LIMIT. It will require sustained application. There are two types of Criminology dissertation: (a) (b) based on library research incorporating original empirical material Neither type is intrinsically superior. newspapers. some primary data are more trustworthy than others. WHAT IS THE CRIMINOLOGY DISSERTATION? The Criminology dissertation is your opportunity to engage in a piece of independent research on a topic of your own choice. than the other.
without showing their relevance to an argument – ask yourself (and your Supervisor) why. Write-up of final draft. This depends partly on whether or not you want to do original empirical research. THE RESEARCH PROCESS Research is more than just gathering information. lengthy quotations. The key words in doing research are ‘explain’. If you 4 .2) Secondary data – written by academic authors. relating data to the research question Set out conclusions. but the general format does not vary very much. If your topic bores you. The research process can be outlined schematically as follows: Phase 1: Selection of Topic • • • Conduct a literature search in consultation with your Supervisor Narrow your focus and formulate the problem to be studied in a working title Decide on an appropriate research methodology Phase 2: Data Collection • • • Collect. which are then used within a theoretical framework to explain the social world. ‘compare’. 2. If you find yourself involved in page after page of description. including an assessment of any limitations of your study Suggest directions of future research that could build on your contribution SELECTING YOUR TOPIC / FORMULATING A WORKING TITLE Research starts when we get curious about something. it will bore everyone else too. ‘evaluate’. Research is about asking “why” questions as well as “what” questions. contrast’ ‘summarise’. comparison and analysis using academic research methodologies. The single most important decision you will make in the research process is what topic to choose. There are no cast-iron rules about the ordering of the dissertation. and it is especially not about assembling ‘facts’. record and sort data/information in a systematic way Organise your material into a coherent framework. you will naturally be curious to know what the completed dissertation will look like. statistical exposition. using chapter headings In this phase you should be dividing your time roughly equally between reading and writing Phase 3: Data Analysis • • • 3. It means gathering facts and information (we will say ‘data’ for short). Much more trustworthy! Even at this early stage. and partly on your own eventual decisions about how to organise the material to best advantage. ‘analyse’. This has been subject to examination. Skip ahead to Section 7 for more detail on this.
once you are back in the routines of student life in the Autumn Term. there is doubt in his/her/your mind on any of these points. Also. your Criminology tutors will gladly talk things over with you. • Technical skills Do you have the technical expertise to do the particular project you have in mind? Do you know how to construct a questionnaire or conduct an interview? How are you going to analyse those 15 questionnaires each containing 10 questions? You need to consider carefully whether the topic you have chosen matches the skills you possess or will have the time to develop. You are being tested on your skills in independent research. especially those concerned with criminal justice matters. which is time-consuming. can get quite expensive and is often very frustrating. do not get carried away by your initial excitement at the thought of doing original empirical research. indicating in general terms what improvements could be made. both in terms of access to library resources and in terms of access to information from other sources. Phase 1 must therefore be completed before the end of the Summer Term and you should plan to do a lot of thinking and reading relating to your dissertation during the summer months before starting your final academic year. Your Supervisor will not: give you a structure for your dissertation 5 . You cannot keep coming back in order to get the perfect result. 4. You also need to know how to ask the right sort of question to set yourself.need help in the process of selecting a topic. something that is manageable and focused. not theirs. This is doubly important if you are proposing to do empirical research. you may need to reconsider your original proposal. S/he will be able to tell you if your proposed topic is too broad. Tutors will offer advice (once) on sections of your draft. or if it is too ambitious within the scope of an undergraduate dissertation. THE ROLE OF THE SUPERVISOR: GENERAL GUIDELINES Your dissertation is not like other pieces of coursework. A tutor’s advice can be invaluable at this point. Many institutions. on consulting your Supervisor. Important practical things to bear in mind when selecting your topic: • Time Time is always short. If. There is more to research than enthusiasm. An early change of tactic may well be advisable. • Feasibility You must consider availability of information. are reluctant to allow research in/about them and you cannot assume they will cooperate. but they will not do it for you: it is your responsibility.
If a Supervisor is not kept abreast of your progress. An obvious point relating to the submission of any written material for comments is that your Supervisor should have had the opportunity of reading it before s/he meets with you. Do not just drop in and expect to be seen. usually in office hours. There is no objection at all in principle to taking advice from other tutors who may be able to help with your dissertation. as a matter of courtesy. If you show enthusiasm and commitment. the dissertation supervisor becomes the personal tutor for all majors. you may be treated as a ‘cause for concern’ and notified to the Module Leader in the normal manner. This is a situation where too many cooks can very easily spoil the broth. if this means you are contemplating significant changes to what you have already agreed with him/her. in practice. but others will need quite intensive guidance. If you find yourself at loggerheads with your Supervisor. WORKING WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR The dissertation component requires different skills from the “taught” aspects of your degree and so different expectations arise on the part of both student and tutor. in the final year. 1. 6 . your Supervisor will respond in kind. The important thing is that you should not lose touch with your Supervisor. ask the Module Leader for mediation and advice. especially in the early stages.interpret your data for you comment on your draft in such detail that you are effectively told what to write comment on more than one draft of any section of your dissertation It might sound all a bit negative but. Arrange appointments. if students have non-dissertation issues they wish to discuss. they should see Suzanne McDonald-Walker. it is not. you should go to the Dissertations Tutor immediately. Do not come with pen poised ready just to write down what your Supervisor says – although it is essential to go away and make a note of the main points of your conversation. However. 2. Get used to the idea of discussion and exchange of ideas. Maintain regular contact with your Supervisor. Some students may not feel the need for very frequent contact. It is important that you understand what is expected both from you and your Supervisor. 5. to be consulted before you talk to another tutor. Please also note that should you want to change your topic. Please note that. please remember that your Supervisor would expect. However. informal meetings. A good way of establishing a good working relationship with your Supervisor is to observe the following common-sense conventions. Much of the essential graft of dissertation work can be done in relatively short. for future reference. Beyond that. it is difficult to specify the optimum time span between contacts.
*DECLARATION OF AUTHORSHIP (see Appendix B) 7 . the *asterisked items below are required to be included. Work out a mutually agreed timetable for monitoring progress. It is never too early to start thinking about how the completed dissertation is going to look. the date and your Supervisor’s name. This will lead to the discovery of further key words derived from the particular index scanned. An effective way of beginning a literature search is to use key words. How this is done will depend on whether your dissertation is theoretically. You must attend a session in the Library. Begin with an initial key word or subject. *TITLE (on cover) Include the title of your study. what goes in which chapter and so on. A subtitle may be added if it clarifies the purpose of the study. a plan of proposed chapter headings. Please note. what to leave out. Literature searches involve the following skills. which will introduce to the techniques of data retrieval. The formats for ‘library’ and ‘empirical’ dissertations (see Section 1) tend to vary somewhat. Tutors tend to vary in the pressure they put on students to submit draft chapters. you must give it to your supervisor at least three working weeks before the submission date and only with their permission. In a way. In the early stages. In any case.IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN REGULAR CONTACT. if you wish for your Supervisor to examine a copy of your dissertation prior to final submission. when you have not reached the stage of writing a whole chapter. your name and student number. Do not turn up and expect drafts to be read as staff are very busy. the entire research process is about this problem – what to put in. but this is a matter to be discussed with your Supervisor. which you will learn through having a go: • • • • generating a selection of subjects/key words deciding which subjects to pursue deciding which subjects to abandon (just as important!) deciding when to call a halt to the search. because you have enough information to begin the process of formulating a working title. you might be asked to write an introduction or. 6. STRUCTURING YOUR DISSERTATION 7. at least. THE LITERATURE SEARCH No matter what kind of dissertation you choose. no matter what kind of Dissertation you are presenting. historically or empirically based. you will have to incorporate a survey of the relevant literature in the field. 3.
You need to provide enough information to ensure that the reader understands why you have done this particular project. *METHODOLOGY In your methodology. The literature review consists of a survey/analysis of the materials you have read. *ABSTRACT This should consist of a summary (in about 200 words) of the dissertation. You will need to discuss the types of data used and their suitability to answering your question. you must explain how the means you employed to investigate your problem relate to your theoretical question. You need to decide the purpose of each section of your work. Empirical dissertations: You will have to do some focused reading on methods of research if you opt for an empirical study and your Supervisor may well insist on the inclusion of a separate chapter on Methodology. what you set out to do and what conclusions you reached. You will need to provide a justification for why the methods employed were best suited to answering the theoretical question underlying your dissertation. how important it is and how much space it warrants. *CONTENTS PAGE *INTRODUCTION This should be a brief explanation of the origins of the research topic. Library-based dissertations: Your methodological section will probably be reasonably straightforward in the sense that it will entail a justification of why empirical research was either not necessary or not feasible. although library-based and empirical dissertations will. *MAIN CHAPTERS SETTING OUT FINDINGS/ARGUMENTS The structuring process involved in determining how best to present your work requires a lot of planning. This may require a separate chapter or may flow on from your introduction or literature review. Your methodology will be different depending on whether you are doing a library-based or empirical dissertation. It should be written when you have finished the dissertation and are clear as to its main argument and implications.(You may include ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS after the title page if you wish to thank any persons who may have had some influence on the work). You will also have to make important decisions about how to link chapters and how to title 8 . Bear in mind the need to evaluate and compare the sources to which you refer. acknowledges other scholarly work and informs and contextualises your own work. You may decide to combine the Introduction with the… LITERATURE REVIEW Theoretical dissertations will not have a separate literature review. Its purpose is to show that you have read widely about your chosen topic. A catalogue of references has far less value than a critical appraisal of different authors.
The material used in appendices should be clearly labelled and referenced. how organised you have been in the previous six months. 9 . or limitations of the study. *BIBLIOGRAPHY This is a complete list of all the works you have referred to in the body of your text. They may appropriately be used for tables. using the ‘Harvard’ system. It should be compiled in alphabetical order. All materials cited in the text must be capable of identification by the reader. you should assess how the results fit in with existing knowledge. You should make a habit of completing an ordered list of all the literature you have used. (See below for more details). for better or worse. Do not introduce new data into the Conclusion. It could take days of fretful activity or it could be completed in an hour or two. as you go along. consulted or quoted from. it should already be elsewhere. possibly the Introduction and certainly at the Conclusions. So keep all these sections short and informative. This is when you find out. If your project set out to test certain hypotheses. You may well end up writing the Introduction last in order to maintain consistency with your Conclusions! Before you write this section. You really need decide on your main chapter sections before you start writing the text. read through the whole work and make a note of the key points. should be clearly indicated at this point. this section should demonstrate whether they were or were not supported by the evidence. Please note: there should be no section headed ‘References’. After restating the problem. reports or other information incidental to the main thesis. They may also be used as a repository for documents such as the forms used in a particular legal context.them so as to give reader suitable ‘signposts’ introducing the new themes and ideas. Empirical dissertations: If doing an empirical dissertation. APPENDICES (if required) Appendices (singular: Appendix) are where you put material which is only ancillary to the main text. If it important enough to be included. but be prepared to modify them as the writing progresses. Be self-critical and do not claim more for your work than it justifies. because the references must appear in the text. *CONCLUSIONS This short but vital section completes the thread started with the Introduction. Any deficiencies in the research design. Readers who want a quick idea of what your research is about will look at the Abstract. you will obviously have to devote a chapter to reporting your results. with all works cited listed in the Bibliography.
questions will immediately be asked about the authenticity of the work. Below is a list of the different types of sources you may use and how to reference them. or if you provide incomplete or inaccurate references. If you pad out your Bibliography in this way. REFERENCING AND BIBLIOGRAPHY A mark of a good dissertation is that it is properly referenced.. The Harvard system is very easy to use. of all the references mentioned in the text. If you fail to reference large sections of the work. Secondary Sources • Books. Two authors would appear in the text as: Mazey & Richardson (1993) Three or more authors would appear in the text as: Hall et al (1992) Where the same author has two publications in the same year. You should not include in your Bibliography works which have made no contribution to the argument of your dissertation. presented in alphabetical order. REFERENCING References in the text of your assignment should always refer to the sources listed in your bibliography. Or: In an examination of promotional pressure groups (Willetts 1982). For the Criminology dissertation you must use the Harvard system of referencing. articles and chapters This is done by placing the author’s surname and date of publication in brackets at the relevant point in the text: Willetts (1982) examined promotional pressure groups. you may be penalised. It is also widely employed in academic publications. number them in the bibliography and cite as: Smith (1992a) Smith (1992b) • for cited works 10 . The ‘Harvard’ system uses brackets in the text and is one of the easiest referencing systems to use.. The Bibliography is the full list. Full and accurate referencing of all sources in the text is the only insurance against unconscious and unintended plagiarism.8. with all other persons’ work acknowledged. You will be penalised if you do not. both journals and books..
date and page within the text: …the new power accessory is a motorbike (The Times 20/10/93:17). if they are over 50 words in length. in you text. 1967. cited in Griffin. e.. that is. Please note that quotations should only be indented. Thus. BIBLIOGRAPHY 11 . if it is necessary. however. you may use footnotes. may it be left out? Should you still decide to use them. add the webpage or article title. If there is not a date and you are using multiple references from a particular organisation. merely the author or organisation and a date if there is one. Alternatively. websites or organisations often do not have a date or page number. Students should decide whether to use them or not depending on the following evaluation. if the information is pertinent. but you have not seen the original and are taking it from someone else's work. When quoting directly from a source you should also include the relevant page number(s) at the end of the quotation: for example. e.g. However. separated out from the main text and with indented margins. Friends of the Earth (2007).. Primary Sources • Newspapers should be referenced by providing the title. you may put all ‘notes’ at the end and signal them in the text by a superscript or number in brackets. should it not be placed within the text or if it is not really pertinent.g. if you have a piece of information to give but it is inconvenient to break up the text to give it. (Costing the Economy). Further. 1993). 2001: 272).Citing is when you quote from someone. You should try not to draw on work by an author whose work you have not actually read. • Internet sources – the first thing to remember is not to put the whole address as this can make your page unsightly. reference as follows: (Lemert. Friends of the Earth. Please note: footnotes are not usually used in the Harvard system. traditionally footnotes appear at the bottom of the relevant page in a smaller font: most wordprocessing packages will create them for you. (Allen and Thomas.
Title. Intimations of Postmodernity. No. but you have not seen the original and are taking it from someone else's work. articles. ‘Title of article’.The bibliography at the end of the assignment should be arranged alphabetically with full bibliographic information. Place of publication: publisher. • for books Author/editor. London: Lawrence & Wishart. Cultural Theory & Social Change. Lemert E. New Times: The Changing Face of Politics in the 1990s. The alphabetical list should include all the sources which have been used for your assignment (books. this would appear in your Bibliography as: Touraine. (Date of original publication). London: Sage. for chapters in edited volumes If citing a chapter from a book. Webb.g. Representation of Youth: The Study of Youth & Adolescence in Britain and America. London: Routledge.26.g. cited in Griffin. Human Deviance. (Date). Journal name. Volume number. Bauman. initials. internet sources etc. Z. (1992). Criminology. 125-146 Journals Author surname.). S. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall. e. reports. (ed). Cambridge: Polity 12 . (eds. Place of publication: Publisher. M..3. The rules for constructing your Bibliography are as follows: Secondary Sources Secondary sources should be grouped together in an alphabetical list. initials. A.g. government publications.. (1993). and M. theses. J. (1992). C. Social Problems & Social Control. (1990).).. part number. cited in Author/editor surname. ‘The Mismanagement of Innovation’. Title. or • Hall. ‘Beyond Social Movements?’ in Featherstone. Title of original work. (1967). The format for the Bibliography is as follows: Author of original work's surname. initials. Jacques. Vol. e. (1992). e. Place of publication: Publisher. initials. 471-493 • for cited works This is when you quote from someone. (Date of edition). first and last page. (Date).
ac.. (1989). • Acts of Parliament Great Britain Parliament. Great Britain Parliament. • for government reports or other publications where there is no author’s name e. (1990)..bournemouth.g. Poole: Bournemouth University. (Date). (1994). Costing the Economy.co. Some final tips to remember! 1. (Accessed 15 Apr 2010). Place of publication: Publisher (if ascertainable).. New York: Oxford University Press. • Official publications Often do not use an author . Available from: http://www. London: Sweet and Maxwell. Employment Outlook.refer to the organisation or department instead. Department of Health.g. Available from: http://www.g.Primary Sources Primary sources should be listed separately and by type. be consistent in your referencing. e.uk/service-depts/lis/LIS-Pub/harvardsyst. Holland.uk/campaigns/transport/news/tony_road_pricing. (2007). If no specific author is cited. 3. e. Caring for People. initials.html. World Development Report. Friends of the Earth. (year edition). Title [online].. e. World Bank. Available from: URL (Access date). Place of publication: Publisher.g. The date is the year of publication not printing. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Paris • Internet Sources Make use of the document's URL (Internet address).html. The main title of the document should be distinguishable in italics. Organisations e. London: HMSO. Harvard System [online]. (2001). OECD.foe. 13 .g. Children's Act 1989. (Accessed 6 Mar 2010). ascribe authorship to the organisation. Author/editor.. Title.g. (1996). 2. M. Above all. e..
5. How to Research. Buckingham: Open University Press McMillan. Tight (1996). and Crane. Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research. (1999). Buckingham: Open University Press Hakim. N. R. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd Plus an electronic guide to referencing on the Internet at Bournemouth University: Holland. London: Meckler Marsh. Hughes. & M. Buckingham: Open University Press Li. (1997). M. Social Research Methods. Electronic Style: a Guide to Citing Electronic Information. [online] Poole: Bournemouth University. B. Basingstoke: Macmillan May. The place of publication is the town not the country. (2007). X. Research Design. M & J Weyers.4. (2000). You may find the following texts helpful for your dissertation work: Bell. C. For a book. Harvard System. (1996). L. Buckingham: Open University Press Blaxter. J. (1987). C. Stoker (1995). & G. Theory & Methods in Political Science. (1993). London: Sage Lee. the edition is only mentioned if other than the first. Doing Your Research Project: a Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science. 14 . D. T. How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports.
using either 1½ or double-spacing. Students who have not word-processed their dissertation themselves should ensure that the person who types their finished work is competent and able to produce work of the required standard. 15 . AVOIDING PLAGIARISM Plagiarism means passing off the work of others as if it were your own. sometimes the spell check will miss errors. the whole amount of the quoted text must be put in inverted commas and followed by the name of the author.9. If you can’t face it. provide the name of the author and date of publication in parentheses. Pagination Each page of your work should be numbered. on A4 sized paper. date of publication and page number from which the quote is taken. Proof reading Make sure you proof-read your dissertation for spelling and grammatical mistakes. How you do so depends on how the data are used: a) if you paraphrase an author’s work (i. 10. It is worth mentioning that you can be marked down on these things.. Page numbers should appear at bottom-centre. proof reading and binding. convey the gist of what they say but in your own words). The full reference must be in the bibliography It is not sufficient to use inverted commas without providing the reference.. You must take extreme care to avoid plagiarism in the text of your work. be warned.e. get someone else with a lot of patience to do it for you. Typing Your dissertation should be typewritten. with the full reference in the bibliography b) if you use the exact words copied from an author. COMPLETION AND PRESENTATION OF FINAL DRAFT It is important that you allow sufficient time for the tasks of editing. This is of vital importance. If you are found to have plagiarised the work of others then there is every possibility that your dissertation will be failed and will have to be resubmitted. The left-hand margin should be not less than one and a half inches wide and the right-hand margin not less than one inch wide. except the Title Page. the Abstract page and the Contents page. at the beginning.e. i. Plagiarism can be avoided by following these rules: If you use data from a source. you must reference it. printed one side of the paper only. The typescript should be checked carefully and corrected before submission. The computer will conduct a spell check but. you must acknowledge the source.
Appreciate the need to ground research in a criminological framework Effectively apply a range of research skills to the study of your chosen topic. 12. Delays at this stage can lead to late submission with consequent penalties. Analyse a range of materials and synthesise them with your own research evidence.. the full dissertation title. 11. should provide evidence of critical reflection and review. The dissertation must have your full name. your supervisor’s name and the year clearly shown on the front cover. It should be between 1. 16 . you will be able to: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) Demonstrate advanced in-depth knowledge of a negotiated topic. methodology used. Your supervisor will use your Interim Report to assess your progress and provide detailed guidance for the final draft. data handling. theories and methodologies to investigate your chosen topic. Particular emphasis should be given to the particular methodology you have chosen and how this addresses your research question. LEARNING OUTCOMES On successful completion of the module.500 words in length. etc. Demonstrate the ability to gather evidence and use it to construct an argument. sampling adequacy. Interpret primary data and /or secondary sources in terms of their significance and underlying assumptions.000-1. make sure that you know in advance how long it is going to take. Demonstrate the ability to structure the dissertation and write with clarity of expression. INTERIM REPORT The report is an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and identify any problems you need to resolve before final submission. Demonstrate the ability to plan and organise research tasks. Whatever binding service you use. Make appropriate and critical use of concepts.The Finished Dissertation The dissertation document can be presented in one of two ways: a) spiral bound b) in hard black covers with gold lettering It is recommended that you use the University Print services for your binding although this is not mandatory. Specific comments on research design.
but the one-week safety net (see below) applies to the new date. two weeks later than the original deadline. Students must submit 2 hard copies of the dissertation in its final form. they must be received no later than three days after the deadline in order to be considered.13. Should you be unable to be allocated to the Supervisor of your choice. Your dissertation may be handed in before the due date . If permitted. Extensions requests should preferably be received in advance of the submission date.but once it is handed in. You must also submit one electronic copy through Turnitin. together with the cover sheet (Appendix C). Students must also submit a completed module feedback questionnaire at the same time that they submit their dissertation. however. No further extension is permitted. as each Supervisor has a quota. Submit 2 hard copies to the Assignment Handling Office and one electronic copy through Turnitin. Interim Report – Friday 20 January 2012. This can be found on NILE in Module Documents. All procedures are the same Final submission – Friday 30 March 2012. then you may have to choose another topic. the Module Leader will set a new date of up to. SUBMISSION DEADLINES The dissertation proposal form in by Friday 27 May 2011. Please note that Joint Honours students submit on 25 April 2012. Extensions can ONLY be given by the Module Leader on the recommendation of your Supervisor. This should be emailed or given to the Dissertation Tutor. students will be allocated to Supervisors on a first-come-first-serve basis. where that is not possible. Students should note that. As such. dependant upon which Supervisors still have spaces. (Not Joint Honours students). to the Student Assessment Office. In order to be granted an extension. 17 . at most. Referral and Deferral dates are as for other modules. thus giving a further period to complete the work. which can be found in the Submissions section of the module on NILE. with the details duly completed. to guarantee the Supervisor or topic of your choice. it is advisable to submit your proposal as early as possible. which can be found in the Submissions section of the module on NILE. it may not be retrieved. students should submit substantial evidence at the time of plea to support the grounds for extension.
students may be better advised to defer if their difficulty needs a long extension.. NOT to the referral/deferral deadline.B. Joint dissertation students do not do an interim report. However.N. No extensions are granted for the August deadline.. where an extension has not been agreed. Deferred assessments are those where a student is permitted to take assessment for the module at a later opportunity. The work is second-marked by another member of staff who has 18 . N. as a result of a decision by the Mitigating Circumstances Panel. In these circumstances.B. In these circumstances. The one-week safety net. Your Supervisor acts as first marker.. Referral and Deferral Referred assessments are those where a student is permitted to retake assessment for the module as a second attempt following initial failure (F+ or below). Late submission Assessments submitted after the deadline. the maximum grade is D-.. are subject to the following penalties: • Submitted within one week of the deadline (the one-week safety net) – maximum grade of D• Submitted later than one week of the deadline – referred (i. Assessment Items Your final grade for the Dissertation will be made-up of grades for the following two items: a) Interim Report b) Dissertation document (10%) (90%) N. within which a student may submit for a bare pass (D-). Please see Appendix E for relevant information. whether because of a failure to submit or failure to achieve a pass on submitted work. for example. Marking Criteria The Interim Report Your interim report will be marked by two tutors. ASSESSMENT ITEMS AND MARKING CRITERIA. 14. ‘failed’). Please note that late submission without extensions on referred or deferred assessments will be graded G.B. applies to the first deadline only. there is no constraint on the grade.e.
If there is a major difference of opinion which cannot be resolved between the two markers. The report will be marked on structure. the External Examiner is asked to make a final decision. 19 . D Presentation and Expression. its coherence. The assessment of the adequacy of the overall format. use of empirical evidence and methodology. The Dissertation Document Your dissertation will be marked by two tutors.expertise in the topic area. If markers are still in dispute. These are: A The Research Problem/ Methodology. First. use of theory. Each of these categories is marked in relation to the grade bands set out in Appendix D. This aspect is concerned with the justification of the research procedures and an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the project. B Structure of Argument. The work is second-marked by another member of staff who has expertise in the topic area. Consult them throughout your dissertation work. They provide a useful checklist for monitoring your own progress. integration and use of data. There are two aspects to this element of assessment. The dissertation will be assessed in relation to 4 categories. with credit going to originality in designing the research. Your Supervisor acts as first marker. The assessment of how well the dissertation is written and its conformity to academic conventions (referencing. the logical progression in the arguments and critical awareness. clarity and prospective criminological content in the formulation of the topic. a third University marker may be called upon. This is then assessed in relation to how the research is operationalised in the choice of methodology. Particular attention will be given to your ability to reflect critically on your chosen approach. is the overall sense of purpose. broadly including everything from primary data collection to the analysis of secondary sources. The assessment of the project’s awareness of and grounding in criminological theory (broadly defined) and/or empirical data as appropriate. treatment of tables. figures etc). C Use of Theoretical/Empirical Data.
APPENDICES 20 .
CRIMINOLOGY DISSERTATION PROPOSAL FORM Name Minor Subject e-mail address Proposed topic of dissertation: What specific criminological problem or hypothesis do you want to address? What research or literature are you familiar with which relates to this area? What is your proposed method of inquiry? Why do you feel the method is appropriate? Have you already obtained consent for supervision? If so. with whom? Signed Date 21 .
(either in whole or in part). Name: Date: 22 . been submitted towards the award of any other qualification either at University of Northampton or elsewhere.Declaration of Authorship This assessment is my own work. It contains no unreferenced verbatim extracts from the works of others and it has not.
School of Social Sciences CRIMINOLOGY INTERIM REPORT COVER SHEET Please Print Clearly Complete all sections Surname Student number Date of submission Module Code Title SOC 4019 / / Initials Module Leader: Dr Suzanne McDonald-Walker 23 .
School of Social Sciences CRIMINOLOGY DISSERTATION COVER SHEET Please Print Clearly Complete all sections Surname Student number Date of submission Module Code Title / / Initials Module Leader: Dr Suzanne McDonald-Walker 24 .
based on critical analysis and/or evaluation. demonstrating a sound and above average level of understanding of concepts. methodology and content appropriate to the subject/discipline and to the assessment task. There will be no serious omissions or irrelevancies and there will be evidence of generally sound capability in key skills relevant to the task. ordering and analysing content to construct a sound argument based on responses which reveal occasional insight and/or originality. These grades are awarded according to the following general criteria. The work may be rather standard. Your course and module guides will contain more specific information on how these criteria are applied in particular pieces of work in particular subject areas. but at an exceptional standard for the level concerned. Work of sound quality which is based on satisfactorily referenced sources and/or creative input and which demonstrates a grasp of relevant material and key concepts. Work of good quality which contains most.Appendix E Dissertation Assessment Criteria and Guidelines All assessed work for all modules will be given a grade. but shows a greater degree of critical analysis and/or insight. Work of distinguished quality which is based on extensive research and/or strong technical and creative competence. but shows greater insight and/or originality. A + A An exceptional first A good first Work which fulfils all the criteria of the A grade. but not all of the B grade characteristics for the level concerned. but not all of the A grade characteristics for the level concerned. An authoritative grasp of concepts. Work which clearly fulfils all the criteria of the C grade for the level concerned. Ability to solve discipline-related problems will be effectively and consistently demonstrated. Work which clearly fulfils all the criteria of the B grade for the level concerned. Work of very good quality which displays most. There is clear evidence of originality and insight and an ability to sustain an argument and/or solve discipline-related problems. together with ability to structure and organise arguments or materials effectively. methodology and content appropriate to the subject/discipline and to the assessment task will be demonstrated. The ability to synthesise material effectively and the potential for skilled innovation in thinking and practice will be evident. AB + B A first A high upper second A good upper second BC + C An upper second A high lower second A good lower second 25 . In dealing with solutions to technical problems. There is clear evidence of critical judgement in selecting. but will be mostly accurate. clearly communicated and provide some evidence of ability to engage in critical analysis and/or evaluation. Work of good quality which is based on a wide range of properly referenced sources and/or creative input. with relevant key skills capability well developed and evidenced. Capability in relation to relevant key skills for the assessment task will also be strongly evidenced.
but only just meeting threshold standards in.. analysis. omissions or irrelevancies. and/or with significant errors or omissions.g. essentially misinterpreted. but these may be applied uncritically. A good third D- A third F + A marginal Fail F A clear Fail G 26 . but not all of the C grade characteristics for the level concerned. Work of satisfactory quality which covers the basic subject matter adequately and is appropriately organised and presented.CD + D A lower second A high third appropriate methods will be chosen. but which is primarily descriptive or derivative rather than analytical or creative. There may be some misunderstanding of key concepts and limitations in the ability to select relevant material or techniques. misunderstood or poorly organised and sketchy or otherwise just failing to meet threshold standards at the level concerned. It will offer only very limited evidence of familiarity with subject material or skills appropriate to the discipline or task and/or demonstrate inadequate capability in key general skills essential to the assessment task at the level concerned. Work of a satisfactory standard demonstrating a reasonable level of understanding. focus or other key general or subject specific skills essential to the assessment task. Nothing presented. organisation. and/or in communication or other relevant key skills. Work which indicates some evidence of engagement with the subject material and learning process. Work of sound quality which contains most. research. There will be some evidence of appropriate research and ability to construct an argument. so that the work may be flawed by some errors. misdirected. e. Work of poor quality which is based on only minimal effort. Work of bare pass standard demonstrating some familiarity with relevant subject matter and application of relevant academic capabilities. In dealing with solutions to technical problems. e. but it may be narrowly focused. established and appropriate methods will generally be chosen.. understanding or application. but which is. or work containing nothing of merit.g. but lacking sufficient analysis and independence to warrant a C grade at the level concerned.
Co-requisites: The Joint dissertation / project module in a second subject must be taken with this module. having consulted tutors in both subject areas as to the viability and appropriateness of their proposal. giving an indication of the general focus of their dissertation. students undertake a 5. but only with the express permission of the Office of Taught Programmes. b) In addition to the normal module choice form. 2) SOC 4010 Criminology Joint Dissertation Credit Value: 20 Pre-requisites: Level 2 Research Methods module (SOC2029) in Sociology and Politics Field. Types of Study There are two different ways in which you can undertake a joint dissertation and which you choose will determine the module code you wish to register. The joint dissertation is slightly different from the major dissertation in two ways: 1) how you register on the module 2) the types of study undertaken Registering for a Joint Dissertation a) Students intending to register for a joint dissertation are asked to obtain the consent of both subject areas. This form should be submitted to the Office of Taught Programmes. so please take note of the following carefully: 1) SOC4009 – Criminology Dissertation Credit Value: 20 Pre-requisites: SOC2029 or Level 2 Research Methods Module in a cognate subject Co-requisites: None Assessment: Coursework: 100% Joint and Combined Honours Designated for: Criminology jt Restrictions: Joint students only Description: In the 20-credit dissertation.Appendix F Joint Dissertations It is possible for students to undertake a joint dissertation which draws upon the academic focus of both of their subjects.000 word dissertation/project module from either one of their two subjects as a 20 credit dissertation/project and make up the remaining credits by undertaking an additional module from their other subject. at the point where they register their final year programme of studies. OR Level 2 Methods Module from other subject. They must signal their initial intention to complete a joint dissertation. they are required to complete a second form signed by both subjects. 27 . Students are required to submit this second form by the end of the summer term. In exceptional circumstances changes may be made later.
Joint Dissertations have their own submission deadline which is different from that of other students. the two 20 credits from each subject combine to make a 40-credit dissertation As this type of dissertation involves study in two different subject areas. Whilst students may see each supervisor separately.e. one from each of their subjects. This is to ensure that the project is feasible and that both subject tutors are happy with the work being conducted. 28 . students combine the ‘interdisciplinary’ 20-credit dissertation modules from both of their subjects in order to undertake a 10. Description: In the 40-credit joint dissertation.000-word dissertation.Assessment: Coursework: 100% Joint and Combined Honours Designated for: Criminology jt Restrictions: Joint students only. Please note.. i. they must conduct at least one supervisory meeting with both supervisors present. 40credit joint dissertation students are given two supervisors.
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