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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM233: Dissertation skills

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  1. What does a research proposal look like?
  2. Settling on a research question
  3. The literature review
  4. Methodological considerations
  5. Workshop
  6. Revising your proposal in light of feedback
  7. The writing process

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3.57 x 0.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3.57 x 0.5 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities77 x 1 hour workshops
Guided independent study40Reading in preparation for lectures
Guided independent study16Research
Guided Independent Study80Writing (research proposal and literature review)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources