POL6702 - MACS Dissertation

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
Two Semesters
This course falls under the academic regulation for dissertation-type courses (AR12.5).
Normal duration of the course: 2 semesters (Semester B + Summer Term for Full-time Student/Semester A & Semester B in the second year for Part-time student).
Maximum extension duration of the course: 3 semesters (Summer Term, Semester A & Semester B). After which no further extension is permitted.
Students are not permitted to repeat a dissertation-type course.
In order to be eligible to undertake a Dissertation, students will normally be required to:
1. have gained a CGPA of 3.2 for the first 12 credits completed; or
2. have achieved a grade of B+ or above in the methodology course, Doing Research in China; and,
3. submit a formal Dissertation Proposal of at least 1,500 words in which they set out:
a. their proposed topic;
b. their aims and objectives;
c. their proposed methods and their rationale for the study;
d. their rationale should also include a short literature review that helps to locate their study in a wider theoretical and, if appropriate, applied literature.

Students studying in full-time mode may apply to undertake a Dissertation by the end of the first semester and students studying part-time mode must make the application by the end of the first year. All applications are subject to the approval of the Dissertation Committee.
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2015/16, Semester B 2015/16, Summer 2016

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to enhance students’ ability to carry out independent research and to develop expertise in a chosen subject area. Through their work on the dissertation students should be able to demonstrate initiative and intellectual achievement in their application of the theory and techniques provided by the course as well as their abilities to discuss critically the chosen subject matter and the principles being applied.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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