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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5317M Dissertation: Fashion Enterprise and Society

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Pammi Sinha

Taught: 1 Feb to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

DESN5316MFashion Realisation and Contextual Studies

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


The dissertation modules give the opportunity for students to explore an issue of contemporary academic and/or business interest, in the subject area of Fashion and Design, by critical review and analysis of literature and further primary and/or analysis of secondary research. The integration of the teaching programme within the Enterprise Centre and the School of Design has the potential to give rise to novel approaches to the subject and research questions of interest to the wider academic and professional design community.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module. students will be able to:
- demonstrate an ability to apply skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme to the framing of specific research questions;
- formulate detailed research design for investigation;
- demonstrate appropriate academic rigor in the acquisition, critical analysis and presentation of conceptual and empirical material derived from primary and secondary sources;
- successfully implement a chosen research project exhibiting high quality written skills under the guidance and supervision of a faculty supervisor;

Skills outcomes
- demonstrate information and analysis skills
- critical articulation and synthesis of secondary research findings
- development of methodologies to address research questions
- written / communication skills


Students are to provide an individual piece of work based upon a sound understanding of the research methodology.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours593.00
Total Contact hours7.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

The module is extensively run via private study and is very much student driven. Students are expected to work full time on this over the summer months. The work includes:
- an extensive literature review; 150 hours
- Defining and conducting empirical research approaches and data collection; 150 hours
- Outline of the results and discussion; 150 hours
- Conclusion; 100 hours
- The final thesis and its presentation; 43 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be expected to negotiate a schedule of deliverables over the course of their supervision.
Progress will be monitored through: ten in-person tutorials available to each student and formative feedback at two submission points.
Supervisors will provide formative, verbal (or where necessary) written feedback on the first and final draft prior to submission.
- The first draft will be a 4000 word overview of the research problem, the contexts of the research problem and broad outline of the literature review.
- The second draft will be that of a near finished thesis.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation15,000 -18,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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