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									            MSc Dissertation Introduction

•   A brief guide to the dissertation
•   Importance of dissertation within MSc degree
•   The project proposal
•   Dissertation supervisor
•   Dissertation Workbook
•   The Dissertation Report
•   Student's Deadline
•   Help and Supervision
      Importance dissertation in MSc degree

• Dissertation is the most important aspect of the MSc Programme
    – MSc Degree is not awarded without a successful completion of MSc
      dissertation.
• Equivalent to 4 units of study or the third of MSc Programme
• Major project - research, development- is done by student
• It maps the future direction that student will be taking for your career
  or further post graduate studies
• It is natural path to MPh or PhD research study for some students
              MSc Dissertation Process
• Stage 1
  – Identify subject area of interest
  – Design a suitable project specification
  – Register your project and supervisor online
    <http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/bcimmsc/>

• Stage 2
  – Meet your supervisor regularly
  – Produce a plan of work for:
      • Research; Practical and experimental Development; Write-up
  – Keep an up to date workbook
  – Hand a draft version to you supervisor by the deadlines
• Stage 3
  – Submit:
      • Your final project online
      • Two hard copies of final version + workbook by the deadlines
              The Dissertation Proposal
• Identify MSc Dissertation subject Interest
  – Suggest your own project                   Think
  – Attempt company project:              carefully about
                                             the project
     • Consult placement officer            subject area
• Attempt university based project:        and the theme

  – Consult placement officer/ Project coordinator/
    Research centers, groups and individual lecturers
• Discuss your project idea and supervision with:
  – Research Method Unit team
  – Project coordinator
• Register your project proposal online before the
  deadline <15 May 2012>
    Appendix 1: MSc Dissertation Proposal Form
                        online submission only
• YOUR DETAILS:
     –    First Name:
     –    Family Name:
     –    Course Title:
     –    Student No:
     –    Contact details:
     –   • email address:
     –   • Phone number:
•    Title of your dissertation:
     – Main area of the dissertation (Key words to describe your
     – projects)
•    Industry Supervisor <if any>:
•    University Supervisor
•    Second Supervisor (if any)
                Dissertation proposal
• 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 A4
     • Part-2: Method of approach. - 1 side A4
     • Part-3: Resource required or to be used. - half side of A4
     • Part-4: Evidence of analysis from literature search and
       identified as appropriate approaches to the problem
       specified. - 2 sides A4
     • Part-5: Key references. 1 side A4
     • Part-6: Diagrammatic Plan for dissertation plan. - 1 side A4
                Dissertation proposal
• 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 A4
     • Part-2: Method of approach. - 1 side A4
     • Part-3: Resource required or to be used. - half side of A4
     • Part-4: Evidence of analysis from literature search and
       identified as appropriate approaches to the problem
       specified. - 2 sides A4
     • Part-5: Key references. 1 side A4
     • Part-6: Diagrammatic Plan for dissertation plan. - 1 side A4
          CHECKLIST FOR ETHICS REVIEWS

• You need to submit the CHECKLIST FOR ETHICS REVIEWS FORM
•   Ethics review form is available from:
    www.scism.lsbu.ac.uk/banissi/mscdissertation/BIF_7_PRO-Module
    Guide2011_12.pdf
                     Dissertation supervisor
•   In choose a dissertation supervisor
     – Try to match your dissertation subject area to supervisor interest by:
         • Search expertise at university from the site: http://pve.cos.com/752/search
         • Consult school/ university, Research centre and MSc dissertation web-site
         • Contact potential supervisors well in advance
         • Consult MSc project coordinator if in doubt
         • Discuss your ideas with potential supervisor and take on board their
           suggestions
         • Ask for ideas from potential supervisors
         • Prepare project proposal that is agreeable both to you and to your
           supervisor
     – Register your project proposal and select your supervisor online at:
                        <http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/bcimmsc/>
     – You should keep a copy of all documentation in the form of log book.
•    If you cannot find supervisor consult project coordinator well before
    the deadlines during MSc Project Surgery Hour( at least two weeks
    before the deadline) and you will be assigned a supervisor)
                             Project PROCESS

•   Meet your supervisor regularly - face to face consultation is the best
•   Produce 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 dissertation –
     – 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 assessment
     –   Its content should reflect what you have in final dissertation,
     –   it is one way showing that the work submitted is of your own
     –   Its 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.
                     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 this
• Instruction how to format and layout the final version is given in
• the 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 deadlines
• Exceptional cases for deferral/extension may be considered well
  before submission deadline by your course director <you need to
  make application well before the submission date>
• Examination board needs to approve all deferrals
• you may be also asked to pay further fee for the deferral/extension.
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).
      Academic Misconduct & Plagiarism
                  http://www.lisa.sbu.ac.uk/helpsheets/hs4.pdf
                         http://cise.sbu.ac.uk/plagposter/
•   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.
    http://www.lisa.lsbu.ac.uk/006_services/student/ReferencingStudents.htm
•   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.
        Dissertation Assessment
• Three aspect of project is examined <See marking
  scheme at the unit guide>:
   – Project Planning and development (Marks Awarded - MAX. 25%)
   – Dissertation - Contents (Marks Awarded - MAX. 50%
   – Dissertation - Report (Marks Awarded - MAX. 25%)
• At least two independent examiners
• To 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 presentation
   – Border line cases, where two examiners of differing opinion
     whether a project is a fail/pass or distinction/pass
                  MSc Project Deadlines - Student-
•   Dissertation proposal submission dates:
•   You obtain your supervisor’s approval before starting your Dissertation. You
    need to register your Dissertation before the deadline using online Dissertation
    registration at the site: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/bcimmsc
•   15 May 2012: Full Time & Part-time students submit their dissertation proposals + Checklist for Ethics
    Review Form completed and signed by the supervisor.
    {Important notice: After you have your result in July ~ Once you received your module
    results - you can only continue with your dissertation if you completed and passed all the
    taught units}
•   Dissertation draft submission dates:
•   You submit the draft of final version of your dissertation to your supervisor directly by the following
    dates:
•   30 Sep. 2012:     Full-time students submit their draft dissertations
•   14 Nov. 2012      Part-time students submit their draft dissertations
•   Final dissertation submission dates:
•   Please follow submission instruction:
•   http://www.scism.lsbu.ac.uk/banissi/Msc_diss/submission.htm and ensure that dissertation submitted
    by the following dates:
•   31 Oct. 2012:      Full-time students submit final dissertations
•   14 Dec. 2012:      Part-time students submit final dissertations
       Help and Supervision
• Weekly project surgery hour:
  – Mondayday           12:00-1:00, Room L5
• Regular pre-planned arrangement from
  your supervisor
• Consultation with other staff
• Project Site will have latest:
  – Blackboard
   http://www.scism.lsbu.ac.uk/banissi/mscdissertation/

								
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