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RAVENSBOURNE

BA CONTEXTUAL STUDIES

DISSERTATION GUIDELINES

PART TWO

(DISSERTATION PRESENTATION AND SUBMISSION)

THE GOLDEN RULES OF THE DISSERTATION PROCESS

1) Dissertation Tutors and ‘Readers’
Your Dissertation Tutor is your main contact throughout the Dissertation Unit – they will keep track of your progress and will liase with the Contextual Studies Subject Leader about any problems. Be sure to always keep your Dissertation Tutor informed. It is their responsibility to know what/how you are doing with your dissertation.

You will be assigned a Dissertation Tutor according to the subject of your dissertation and other issues. You cannot change your Dissertation Tutor unless there are exceptional circumstances, so please don’t ask.

Make good use of an additional ‘reader’ (someone who reads what you write in order to make sure it makes sense, to proofread for punctuation and so on). Remember that your time with your Dissertation Tutor is limited.

Also… make good use of the Academic Writing Support and Language Support sessions now aligned to this unit! (contact Kay Brannan, k.brannan@rave.ac.uk, in Student Services)

2) Extension of the Deadline
If you have been ill during the writing stage of your dissertation, bring it to the attention of your Subject Leader as soon as possible.

Contextual Studies staff cannot give you an Extension – only your Subject Leader can give you an Extension for the Dissertation.

To discuss or apply for Mitigating Circumstances, contact your Subject Leader or the Student Services Team – NOT your Dissertation tutor or the CS Subject Leader. Once you have applied, please let the Contextual Studies Subject Leader know (Liz McQuiston, l.mcquiston@rave.ac.uk).

3) Dyslexia and other work issues
The sooner your Dissertation Tutor knows about any difficulties or fears you may have, the sooner we can find ways of supporting you. This may involve, for example, working with a learning support tutor who can help you to keep to the deadlines. (Remember: dyslexia in itself is not a reason for an extension.)

4) Please make note of the word count and research requirements Written Dissertation – a written text of 7,000 – 9,000 words (the main body of the dissertation), plus illustrations, bibliography and so on.

Visual Dissertation – a visual form of presentation that incorporates or is accompanied by 4,000 – 5,000 words of text.

Exception: students of the fast-track Content Development and Production course (validated in 2011) produce a Written Dissertation of 6,000 – 7,000 words, or a Visual Dissertation incorporating/accompanied by 3,000 – 4,000 words.

Remember – in all cases, you must incorporate at least two primary research sources within your research (there may be exceptions but only in discussion with your dissertation tutor).

5) Submission of the Dissertation
Dissertations must be submitted to moodle before the deadline published.

For both Written and Visual Dissertations:
Students should submit to moodle:

An electronic copy of the dissertation, with
an electronic copy of the Progress Map.

BOTH should be submitted together as one PDF file, to be uploaded on moodle.

Your uploaded file must be a PDF – no other file will be accepted.

If your visual dissertation involves a number of separate items, consult your Diss Tutor as to the best way to deal with submitting them to moodle as one PDF.

In both cases (written or visual): Remember to keep your original files together, in a safe place. Back them up on a computer or other drive outside of college (plus burn them onto a CD or DVD). Beware of memory sticks that may corrupt. To be very safe, back up your files on ALL of the sources mentioned.

6) Late submission
The dissertation deadline is taken very seriously....
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