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Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58

Course Overview

This course will provide students with guidance on writing a dissertation on a topic approved by the programme co-ordinator for the Head of School.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Alan Macpherson

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Course Description

This course will provide students with guidance on writing a dissertation on a topic approved by the programme co-ordinator for the Head of School.  The length of the Honours Film & Visual Culture dissertation must be between 7000 and 8000 words (inclusive of quotations, footnotes etc., but excluding the bibliography and filmography. Nor are appendices containing transcripts, corpora, questionnaires, or other supplementary information, included in the word count).  These word limits must be strictly adhered to. Unless special permission has been granted in writing by the Head of Programme, dissertations which exceed or fall short of these limits will be penalised by the examiners. Such permission is only given in very exceptional circumstances. Students may elect to include a practical element as part of their dissertation, which could comprise of a 10 to 20-minute film, and in which case they can submit a shorter written dissertation, 5,000-6,000 words in length.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionAnalyseengage in critical thinking, through the evaluation and challenging of abstract ideas, using appropriate research methodologies
ReflectionEvaluateRead texts closely, identifying patterns (repetitions, developments, sites of difference and disunity)
ReflectionCreateIndependent Research. Opportunity to demonstrate knowledge obtained throughout degree.
ReflectionApplyopportunity to pursue the individual specialized study in Film and Visual Culture, giving students the opportunity to set film in a historical, theoretical contexts.

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