Skip to the content

Progressive development of deep learning skills through undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations

James, P 'Progressive development of deep learning skills through undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations' , Educational Studies, 24 (1) , pp. 95-105.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (645kB) | Request a copy


A dissertation is an integral part of Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) and taught Master of Science (MSc) programmes and should reflect differences in learning styles as appropriate to each level. The dissertation requirements and assessment procedures within ten environment‐related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes were examined using the ‘framework’ approach. Two themes were examined in detail: a quantitative evaluation of characteristics which define the physical dimensions of the dissertation; and a qualitative analysis of the academic rationale, aims, objectives and learning outcomes, as well as the associated assessment criteria. It is possible to differentiate between levels in terms of these two themes. There were greater similarities between the dissertations at HND and BSc(Hons) levels than between BSc(Hons) and MSc levels. Each dissertation occupies a separate, distinct place along a progressive development of a deep learning style.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Educational Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0305-5698
Related URLs:
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Philip James
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 16:08
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2015 16:08

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year