Dissertation: Future of Unisex Fashion
|# OF SOURCES||10|
|# OF PAGES & WORD COUNT||20≈5500 WORDS|
Solent University Coursework Assessment Brief
|Module Title:||Written Dissertation REFER|
|Assessment Title:||AE1 Written Dissertation|
|Restrictions on Time/Word Count:||5000 words|
Consequence of not meeting time/word count limit:
It is essential that assignments keep within the word count limit stated above. Any work beyond the maximum time/word length permitted will be disregarded and not accounted for in the final grade.*
|Issue Date:||June 2021|
|Hand In Date:|
|Planned Feedback Date:||Within university Guidelines|
|Mode of Submission:||on-line file|
Number of copies to be submitted:
|Where on-line submission via ‘Solent Online Learning’ is used, students are not required to submit a hard copy.|
Will be marked anonymously
If you have been referred for this brief, please improve your work, using the feedback that was given by your tutor in order to raise the standard of the work completed to a pass mark.
You will also need to write a 500 word reflective summary of what you have done to improve the work. The reflective summary should be focused on the project and not your personal experience. Please make it very clear in your refer submission what parts of your work are the improved areas.
This Dissertation Module will give students the opportunity to produce a sustained piece of writing containing a critical and analytical knowledge of a selected topic, which will relate directly or indirectly to their course discipline.
The Module is designed to build on the foundation of the knowledge students developed during Levels Four and Five and it is envisaged that students will develop a body of work that focuses on personal research topics.
Students will be encouraged to use and to continue developing an analytical, fluid style of writing – a writing style that is coherent, objective and seeks to draw insightful conclusions leading to a final body of written and illustrated work that communicates clearly and objectively.
The sources used in order to gather material for the dissertation should include academic, non-fiction books, articles published in academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and a limited range of carefully selected online sources.
The student must choose texts that have a solid, theoretical underpinning, and not those that show unreliable or unfounded concerns. In addition to this, the student could also support arguments by using primary research, i.e. evaluating an exhibition relevant to your topic, conducting research in fashion archives, collecting visual research, interviewing professionals and experts on the topic. Planning for primary research needs to be discussed with the tutor in advance, to ensure it is appropriate and rigorous.
The key to success in a dissertation is analysis – that is, explaining how the various components fit together. That means the student must draw connections between the various issues relevant to the topic, using theory and critical reflection in order to be objective and analytical, not simply descriptive.
The dissertation is an academic piece of writing and should outline clear, well-defined arguments supported by relevant research and theoretical frameworks, as well as insightful conclusions. It must include references to authors the student has used in citation or paraphrased, following the Harvard Referencing System and SSU guidelines.
Title or research statement
Introduction (to include Aim and Three Objectives)
Three chapters that objectively debate contemporary issues and lines of enquiry that consider the topic’s socio-economic, political and contextual issues.
A conclusion that summarises the findings and suggests possible avenues for further exploration.
References: all in-text references should be listed at the end of the Dissertation in Harvard Referencing style as per SSU guidelines.
Sources should be used (number required to be discussed with your tutor). These should be academic texts – books, Journals, broadsheet reviews, and some select academic online sources such as .Gov, ac.uk, any museum, gallery or professional design links. You cannot use blogs or chat sites.
Appendices: these could include examples of primary research not available elsewhere i.e. a survey analysis and summary or an interview with an industry professional.
Solent Harvard Bibliography.
The text must normally be presented in the following way (any variation from the points listed below must be discussed and agreed with your seminar tutor).
Contents page (including page numbers) Introduction
Aim and 3 objectives (as part of the introduction)
Main body of text/three Chapters (developed around a well-defined argument) Conclusion
Solent Harvard reference list Solent Harvard Bibliography
List of illustrations or images
Appendices (if necessary), which might include:
Study of the socio-economic, historical and cultural issues relating to fashion
This assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identified in the Module descriptors.
Students are reminded that:
https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic- handbook/2o-assessment-principles-regulations-temporary-amendments-for-covid-19- contingency-plans.pdf
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Any submission must be students’ own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from other sources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbook includes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct. Students should check this link before submitting their work.
Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below:
The work being carried out by students must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy.
Where there is an ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then students will need an ethics release or an ethical approval prior to the start of the project.
The Ethics Policy is contained within Section 2S of the Academic Handbook: https://staff.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/ 2s-solent-university-ethics-policy.pdf
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