Presentation on theme: "MSc Dissertation Introduction"— Presentation transcript:
1 MSc Dissertation Introduction A brief guide to the dissertationImportance of dissertation within MSc degreeThe project proposalProject supervisorProject WorkbookThe DissertationStudent's DeadlineHelp and Supervision
2 Importance dissertation in MSc degree Dissertation is the important aspect of the MSc ProgrammeMSc Degree is not awarded without a successful completion of MSc dissertation.Equivalent to 4 units of study or the third of MSc ProgrammeMajor project - research, development- is done by studentIt maps the future direction that you will be taking for your career or further post graduate studiesIt is natural path to MPh or PhD research study for some students
3 MSc Project Process Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Identify subject area of interestDesign a suitable project specificationRegister your project and supervisor online <Stage 2Meet your supervisor regularlyProduce a plan of work for:Research; Practical and experimental Development; Write-upKeep an up to date workbookHand a draft version to you supervisor by the deadlinesStage 3Submit:Your final project onlineTwo hard copies of final version + workbook by the deadlines
4 Think carefully about the project subject area and the theme The Project ProposalThink carefully about the project subject area and the themeIdentify MSc Project InterestSuggest your own projectAttempt company’s project:Consult placement officerAttempt university based project:Consult placement officer/ Project coordinator/ Research centers, groups and individual lecturersDiscuss your Project idea and supervision with:Research Method Unit teamProject coordinatorRegister your project proposal online before the deadline <14 May 2008>
5 Appendix 1: MSc Dissertation Proposal Form online submission only YOUR DETAILS:First Name:Family Name:Course Title:Student No:Contact details:• address:• Phone number:Title of your dissertation:Main area of the dissertation (Key words to describe yourprojects)Industry Supervisor <if any>:University SupervisorSecond Supervisor (if any)
6 Dissertation Outline - Research Method Unit Assignment A self-contained description of the proposed project- the case for support.The case for support should be presented in six parts as described below:Part-1: Aims and objectives. - 1 side A4Part-2: Method of approach. - 1 side A4Part-3: Resource required or to be used. - half side of A4Part-4: Evidence of analysis from literature search and identified as appropriate approaches to the problem specified. - 2 sides A4Part-5: Key references. 1 side A4Part-6: Diagrammatic Plan for dissertation plan. - 1 side A4
7 Research Centres/Groups You may use the following and other Research Ceners to do your placement.Institute for Computing Research <Mark Joseph>Centre for Research in Information EngineeringCentre for Information and Organisation StudiesThe Information Management and Modelling Research GroupCentre for Concurrent Systems and VSLILibrary Information Technology Centre <Dilip Patel>Centre for Systems and Software EngineeringCentre for Applied Formal MethodsVisualisation and Graphics Research Unit <Ebad Banissi>Placement is full time activity during project period and you are expected to do work on research and development project that is assigned and your project will be dependant on it.
8 Project supervisor In choose a project supervisor Try to match your project area to supervisor interest by:Consult school/ university, Research centre and MSc project web-siteContact potential supervisors well in advanceConsult MSc project coordinator if in doubtDiscuss your ideas with potential supervisor and take on board their suggestionsAsk for ideas from potential supervisorsPrepare project proposal that is agreeable both to you and to your supervisorRegister your project proposal online<You should keep a copy of all documentation in the form of log book.If you cannot find supervisor consult Project co-ordinator well before the deadlines during MSc Project Surgery Hour( at least two weeks before the deadline) and you will be assigned a supervisor)
9 Project PROCESSMeet your supervisor regularly - face to face consultation is the bestProduce a detail plan of work for:Research - papers, journals, previous projects, internet and so on.Practical and experimental Development - need to support theoretical understanding of your practical work.Write-up - it should reflect what you have been doing - any form of copying will be considered as of not your work and could result in failing your project –quotation and inclusion of diagrams must be clearly referenced- if in doubt, consult your project supervisor.Workbook is to record your activities during project- essential.Need to be submitted for assessmentIts content should reflect what you have in final dissertation,it is one way showing that the work submitted is of your ownIts contents to be reflect your activities as it happens and you write as project progresses and not it at the end of the project to satisfy requirements.
10 The Dissertation Main component to be assessed are: Before the final version, a draft version must be given to your supervisor for comments and feed back - allow plenty of time for thisInstruction how to format and layout the final version is given inthe unit guide.Submission online + 2 copies required to hand in. Make an extra copy for yourself and future reference.It must be handed on or before the deadlinesExceptional cases for deferral/extension may be considered well before submission deadline by your course director <you need to make application two weeks before submission>Examination board needs to approve all deferralsyou may be also asked to pay further fee for the deferral/extension.
11 Appendix I: PDP – Personal Development Planning Reflective statements as part of project work. Preparation of a proposal in respect of the dissertation and completion of the dissertation.Provide the means by which self-reflection, evaluation and planned development is supported (e.g. paper-based or electronic learning log/diary).
12 Academic Misconduct & Plagiarism http://www. lisa. sbu. ac The dissertation that you produce is expected to be written using your own original words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters. If you do use extracts from non-original sources you should indicate exactly, by using quotation marks and indentation, which parts are non-original. The exact source of the non-original material must be clearly given, using a standard reference convention, every time it is cited.The extracts from non-original material that you use should be relatively short and largely factual. They should be used to support your arguments not to replace them. If you feel that you need to include large extracts of non-original material; they should be included in an appendix (where they will be given non academic credit.)Paraphrasing is where a summary of the content of non-original material is presented as original material. If this is a true summary, using your own words and phrases, this is probably acceptable. If it is a near transcription, that is phrases from the non-original source are included and/or the ideas from the non-original source are directly included and/or the citations or examples from the non-original source are included; then this is probably unacceptable.
13 Dissertation Assessment Three aspect of project is examined <marking scheme>:Project Planning and development (Marks Awarded - MAX. 25%)Dissertation - Contents (Marks Awarded - MAX. 50%Dissertation - Report (Marks Awarded - MAX. 25%)Two independent examinersTo pass:Minimum pass mark of 50% is required for each component:Moderation are required if:there is a big disparity of marks from two examiners for the contents and presentationBorder line cases, where two examiners of differing opinion whether a project is a fail/pass or distinction/pass
14 MSc Project Deadlines - Student- 14 May 2008: Part-time students submit their project proposals14 May 2008: Full-time students submit their project proposalsOnline Project registration:29 Sep. 2008: Full-time students submit their draft Dissertations31 Oct. 2008: Full-time students submit final DISSERTATIONS15 Dec 2008: Part-time students submit their draft Dissertations30 Jan. 2009: Part-time students submit final DISSERTATIONSSubmission instruction:
15 Help and Supervision Weekly project surgery hour: Mondays 12:00-1:00, Room L5Regular pre-planned arrangement from your supervisorConsultation with other staffProject Site will have latest:Blackboard