SOCS5551 Master's Dissertation 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit forms part of a course dissertation sequence, comprising SOCS5003 Research Design and SOCS5551–3 Master's Dissertation 1–3.

Students who satisfy the prerequisites may write a dissertation (15,000–18,000 words) on a course relevant topic of their choice, provided the topic is approved by a staff member who agrees to supervise the project.
Students are able to develop the abilities to undertake research at postgraduate level and present their findings in an academic dissertation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: submission of a dissertation. A final mark is awarded at the completion of dissertation parts 1 to 3. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar, Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang, Associate Professor Helen Fordham, Dr David Mickler, Dr Kelly Gerard and Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor
Unit rules
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
Contact hours
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
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