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DESN5317M Dissertation: Fashion Enterprise and Society

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Caroline Hemingray

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

DESN5316MFashion Realisation and Contextual Studies

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module, students will explore and research an issue of contemporary academic, and/or business interest, in the subject area of fashion and design. Students will critically review and analyse existing literature, as well as conduct further primary and/or analyse secondary research, to meet their research aims and objectives.


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


In this module, students will undertake a sustained piece of individual research in a subject area related to their programme of study. Students will be required to utilise their research and analysis skills (including finding and review existing literature, developing an appropriate research methodology, and reviewing and presenting their findings) to produce a 10,000 – 13,000 word dissertation. Students will be supported through 3 lectures and 7 tutorials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours589.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

The module is extensively run via private, independent 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
• Compiling the final dissertation and its presentation; 39 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: eight 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 Dissertation10,000-13,000 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: 29/09/2022


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