Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout


Under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, students will complete a research dissertation. The research dissertation will be based on the approved and examined proposal done in the first semester. Topics should relate to Communication and Media Studies. Students will meet with their supervisor on a regular basis and will be required to submit bi-monthly reports on dissertation related writing assignments.


  1. Complete a research dissertation under the supervision of an academic supervisor.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain an argument within the dissertation.
  3. Critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature in support of the dissertation topic and argument.
  4. Critically assess and review relevant theories for the theoretical framework of the dissertation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation methods appropriate to the nature of the dissertation.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological approaches and design and development requirements in a particular sub-discipline in Communication and Media Studies under investigation.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to report on research findings and present the final dessertation.


Dissertation: 13500 - 16000 words (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour supervision per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First degree with a major in communication, writing, international studies or equivalent.