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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L530


  • Relevant prior experience in community and youth work or a related field.


  • Research Methods in Community and Youth Work (SOCI3031).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • 1.To undertake and present, under supervision, an in-depth study on a subject related to community and youth work policy and/or practice.
  • 2.To integrate knowledge, theories and concepts drawn from the programme as a whole.
  • 3.To develop skills in exploring a particular topic in depth, including searching for and collating information and producing a coherent and extended piece of work.


  • The dissertation must be of relevance to Community and Youth Work.
  • Students will be allocated a supervisor who will advise on methods, content, structure and presentation.
  • The students will be expected to undertake self-directed research and study, with guidance from a supervisor as follows: Select and define a study topic and a title.
  • Formulate aims, objectives and methods of study and research.
  • Undertake a literature search and carry out the research survey.
  • Analyse, write-up and present the findings in an appropriate format.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • sound understanding and knowledge of a significant subject area, relevant to community and youth work;
  • knowledge of relevant concepts and methodology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • ability to analyse and evaluate concepts and data through focusing on a particular subject area relevant to community and youth work.
  • ability to engage in independent and intensive study.
  • ability to present the results of the study in an appropriate form.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills including the ability to: evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources; communicate relevant information in different ways and select the most appropriate method of communication for different tasks; monitor, and reflect on, the use of communication skills;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; use a range of web-based resources to gather relevant information;
  • a capacity to improve own learning and performance, including the ability to: manage time effectively; work to prescribed deadlines; engage in different ways of learning including both independent and directed forms of learning; gather necessary information from a range of bibliographic and electronic sources; seek and use feedback from both peers and academic staff; monitor and critically reflect on the learning process.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 400
Tutorials 4 2 each in Terms 1 and 2 1 Hour 4
Seminars 4 2 each in Terms 1 and 2 2 Hours 8
Preparation and Reading 388

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
dissertation of 10000 - 12000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Preparation of dissertation plan

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University