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  • 1. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENT MANUAL 2009/2010 Distance Learner Students POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE / DIPLOMA / MASTER OF RESEARCH (MRes) IN RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • 2. 1 The Graduate School University of Bradford gradss@bradford.ac.uk 01274 – 236552 / 233149
  • 3. 2 CONTACTS IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Name Extension Email Dr Judi Sture Head, Graduate School 6567 j.f.sture@bradford.ac.uk Ian Fouweather Course Leader and Module 3 Leader 6566 i.m.fouweather2@bradford.ac.uk Dr Inna Kochekova Module 1 Leader 5982 i.kochetkova@bradford.ac.uk Dr Roberto Espíndola Module 2 Leader 3823 r.espindola@bradford.ac.uk Dr Mansour Pourmehdi Module 4 Leader 3195 m.pourmehdi@bradford.ac.uk Julie Easterbrook (School Co-ordinator) 3149 j.p.easterbrook@bradford.ac.uk Sandra Hall Programme Secretary 6552 s.hall2@bradford.ac.uk The majority of The Graduate School’s academic staff work part-time in the School. We keep some working hours each week in The Graduate School offices, or our own offices elsewhere on campus, for you to visit for advice and support. Each of us announces our own hours of availability to students at the beginning of the academic year, so you can make appointments to see us if necessary. During term time we understand that arranging appointments with us, with your ‘home department’ supervisor (if you are a PhD student) and with other people, can be awkward, but we appreciate your patience in co-ordinating that. We always endeavour to do our best for you, but please be patient with us as we have large numbers of students to deal with, especially during block teaching weeks when we have all of a cohort present at one time. It is not always possible to see you at short notice, but we will do our best. If you have any concerns that you wish to speak to us about, please email the tutor concerned. A copy to either Julie Easterbrook or Sandra Hall will also allow them to alert you if a tutor is away or otherwise unavailable. You will submit your work through Blackboard and the Turn-It-In system. You will be shown how to do this at the beginning of your studies. We do not accept work submitted through any other means. Your work should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (although it may contain inserts from other programmes such as databases, spreadsheets and so on) or a pdf file. The Hub (Student Administration and Support) is located in the Richmond Building. This is where Sarah Hargreaves and Karen Bailey work. You will probably have had contact with them during your University application or registration process, or through enquiries about visa or fees issues.
  • 4. 3 If you have any queries over your fees or registration with the University, you can contact The Hub at: Hub-research@bradford.ac.uk Or try phoning ext 5141 or 3051, where one of the staff will try to help you. Emailing The Hub email address is the best way to get help. PLEASE NOTE that Sarah Hargreaves and her colleagues HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL MODULES. If you need to speak to anyone about the modules, classes, or assignments, you should contact one of the tutors mentioned above.
  • 5. 4 Welcome from the Staff of The Graduate School We are happy to welcome you to your programme of postgraduate study at the University of Bradford, which includes modules in The Graduate School. In this Manual we offer a summary of the year’s teaching; instructions on submitting assessed work and advice on how it is marked; and regulations for the various awards that form part of the MRes programme. These regulations are correct as of the date of printing (Summer 2009) but are subject to revision and updating. We will alert you to changes either in class, by email or through Blackboard. This Manual covers On-site students doing the PG Cert, the PG Diploma and the MRes. Please note that there are some differences in the arrangements for the different programmes. If you are on the Distance Learning programme, some differences in attendance, submission and teaching delivery will be noted. There is a different Manual for the Distance Learning Programme and you should refer to that if this is your mode of registration. Please use this Manual as an introduction to your coursework modules. You will also have another manual or handbook from your ‘home department’ if you are registered for MPhil leading to PhD in another School. If this is the case, you also need to communicate regularly with your Departmental contacts (your supervisors and your postgraduate secretary). As well as our own Graduate School students, we take students from Peace Studies, the Department of Development and Economic Studies (DES), Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Health Studies, the School of Management, and others. We are a multicultural, cross-disciplinary, international community of scholars. Every year approximately half of our students register with us as On-site students and half as Distance Learners, so you belong to a large cohort of around 90 new students in total this year. We advocate the practical application of knowledge as well as the development of new knowledge through research. The University has among its aims celebrating diversity, which we do by respecting the needs of diverse students and the various cultural networks into which they are linked; and challenging inequality. In The Graduate School attention is paid to links between the curriculum and the wider issues of diversity and inequality in society at large. This is inherent in your research training, through which you will be encouraged to develop in ways that allow you to recognise and address the needs of a wide range of people and groups. Without such skills, you will be a researcher of limited scope. We welcome your input and suggestions on these matters. During your attendance at classes you will meet fellow students from all over the world, and probably make some lifelong friends. In the past we have taught researchers from the rest of Europe, USA, South America, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, as well as UK students. We hope you will make the most of this wide range of cultures and research interests. We value the enrichment that all of our students bring to The Graduate School. Please remember that students have a variety of registrations with The Graduate School. Around two thirds of our students are registered for full time study, with the remainder being part-time, in the sense that it will take at least two academic years to complete the taught modules. There is also a mode of registration known as ‘credit accumulation’ in which people take longer to finish all the modules. Most of you will complete The Graduate School modules in around 12 - 15 months (including Modules 5 and 6 which are done with your supervisors), but do remember that not everyone begins with Modules 1 and 3 in Semester 1. When you meet your fellow students, do not become confused by this! Students take the modules in the order and time frame that is appropriate to their time of registration, or by arrangement with their department, so there is nothing wrong if your colleagues are taking a pathway that is not quite the same as yours.
  • 6. 5 While the majority of our students are studying for the PG Diploma in Research Methods as part of their PhD studies, it may be possible to add a dissertation to the Diploma at some point in the future, and to upgrade the Diploma to a Masters degree. This is not automatic, and is subject to a number of conditions, but it should normally be considered only after you have completed your PhD, unless you are on an ESRC 1+3 scheme. The MRes degree has several pathways, which are named in the degree title students will receive, but we also offer a general MRes dissertation which covers a range of broadly social sciences research methods. All masters degrees and doctoral degrees include the writing of a thesis or dissertation, whereas the Certificate and Diploma awards take students up to a level just preceding the undertaking of such a large project. At The University of Bradford The University has some special provision for international students, which you can find on the University website at: http://www.brad.ac.uk/international. For all students, whether international or not, the Students’ Union is also available for advice and help, and you can find them on the student services web site http://www.ubuonline.co.uk/. There is also a page about personal safety at: http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/estates/security.php. A variety of services for students are provided on the main campus and you can take advantage of many of these when you are in Bradford. Services available to students are described at: http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/student-engagement/. The refurbished University has recently re- opened Sports Centre and is now known as Unique Fitness and Lifestyle. Full details of all the facilities available can be found at: be found at http://www.brad.ac.uk/unique/.
  • 7. 6 TEACHING ARRANGEMENTS From the first day of a teaching Semester, (this may not be the first day of teaching itself), you have a period of four weeks in which you can withdraw from, or defer your registration from, a module. After this, if you do not submit work for the module, you will automatically receive a mark of 0 for the module (for non- or late-submission) and any subsequent submission at a future date will count as a resubmission. This is a University regulation. As a Distance Learner you will be required to undertake a considerable amount of independent learning. This will be augmented by resources and teaching material made available over the internet (primarily using Blackboard the University’s Virtual Learning Environment) and directed reading. However it is also necessary to attend two sessions of intensive teaching each lasting five and a half days. This year’s “Distance Learner Weeks” are: Semester 1 Monday 23rd November – Saturday 28th November 2009 (Research and Scholarship Skills GS-1001D; Philosophy of Research GS-1003D) Semester 2 Monday 8th February – Saturday 13th February 2010 (Data Collection GS-1002D; Data Analysis GS-1004D) In both cases teaching will commence at 09:30 on the Monday morning, with typically two, three hour sessions per day. On the last day (Saturday) teaching will finish at 12:30 (lunchtime). On Wednesday afternoons there will be no scheduled teaching so that you have an opportunity to meet your supervisor. Throughout the week, our teaching staff will try to be available (wherever possible) during the lunchtime breaks, so that you have an opportunity to arrange meetings with us. Please note: You are expected to arrive at classes on time. The register will be closed after 10 minutes and no further admissions will be allowed after this unless by prior arrangement. Assessment of learning All modules are assessed by the submission of a number of written assignments. Typically you will be asked to complete two pieces of work per module, with a total of around 5,000 words. This may vary but the Module leaders will elaborate on the requirements for each module. There is no set deadline for submission of the Research Proposal module (GS-0005D) or the Research Paper and Presentation module (GS-0006D) unless your department sets one. You must decide with your supervisor when you want to complete these modules but you should aim to do so by the end of the second semester (or by the end of summer) if you are a full time student. We cannot process the marks for these two modules (and have them awarded if successful) until we have received both the work and the completed mark sheets from your department. We will then put them before the subsequent Board of Examiners (usually October). Your work and the relevant mark sheets must reach us from your department two weeks before the Board. The mark sheets must be the current version (available on Blackboard) or we will not accept them. Submission dates for Distance Learners You will be informed of all the submission dates by the first week of teaching.
  • 8. 7 All submission days are usually SUNDAYS unless otherwise stated. The deadline for submissions is 23:55 on the date indicated via Blackboard. Normally submissions can be posted at anytime in the two weeks prior to the deadline. You will be informed of all the submission dates by the first week of teaching. All work must be submitted into the Blackboard system on or before the submission date. Any submissions shown on the system as having been submitted later, without an extension having been agreed prior to the submission date, will not be accepted and will be given a mark of 0. It is YOUR responsibility to access Blackboard. If for any reason your personal internet connection is unavailable, you must attempt to find an alternative.. If for any reason you are unable to access Blackboard to submit an assignment you should send the Module Leader an email, explaining the problem and attaching a copy of your submission. If circumstances prevent this, you should ring the Graduate School at the first possible opportunity. Marking, feedback and awards We will mark your work according to the details given below (see Statement on Double Consideration of Marks [p.17]). We will send to you, via email, and also by post, a comment sheet for each marked assignment. This sheet will contain feedback from either one or two tutors, and a provisional mark. Copies of this sheet also go to the postgraduate secretary in your home department (if this is the case for you). This mark will then be placed before the subsequent Assessment Committee in The Graduate School. The Assessment Committee considers the marks of the whole cohort, and ratifies them if approved. Occasionally the Assessment Committee may change a mark, or defer a decision on a provisional mark for further investigation. The Board of Examiners meeting follows the Assessment Committee and accepts the ratified marks. It considers student progression. The Board of Examiners will take into consideration any accepted claims of Mitigating Circumstances, and will recommend student progression through the course, and make awards of modules or named awards. Once the decision has been made by the Board of Examiners, we will write to you formally with the decision. That letter will tell you if your mark has been ratified, if you are allowed to progress, and which modules or award you have been awarded. If you need to resubmit an assignment, the letter will give you the resubmission date.
  • 9. 8 About The Programme The purpose of the MRes programme (or any part of it) is to train you for a career in research. It is not the purpose of the training simply to show you how to complete your own PhD. You are taking these modules because you have chosen to register as a stand-alone student in The Graduate School specifically to do them, or, your department requires you to complete them as part of your postgraduate studies. The programme of study for which you are registered with The Graduate School leads, in its entirety, to the degree of MRes. The whole programme is known as the Social Sciences Research Training Programme, or SSRTP. You are taking all or some of the modules on this programme, as part of your own overall programme of study. Most of you are registered for the degree of MPhil leading to PhD, and will not proceed to the MRes but simply take the Diploma, which consists of the first six modules of the programme. Some of you are taking the PG Certificate only (three of the four core modules). You will find that some of your colleagues are simply taking some of the modules as individual studies. Over the years we have found that some students are slightly confused as to the nature and purpose of the MRes programme. We want you to understand the purpose of doing these modules as part of your doctoral studies (if this is relevant to you). The University set up The Graduate School, and the MRes programme within it, to offer a generic research training that covers a range of research methodologies and methods. We aim to produce well-rounded, informed and capable researchers with a broad understanding of the research options available to them. We want you to be able to make informed choices about methodological and method options available to you as a researcher. This means that you will learn about some aspects of research which are of little interest to you now in terms of your own PhD. For example, those of you who are carrying out largely qualitative research projects will usually have little interest in statistics. Conversely, quantitative-oriented students may not have much interest in qualitative approaches. Some students find this frustrating, as most people simply want to be shown how to do their own research project. However, it is important to remember that this training will serve you as a foundation for the rest of your research career. Just because you are not using a certain technique or approach now does not mean that you will not need it later. Throughout your PhD you will engage with a wide variety of literature on your subject and will come across studies conducted using different methodological approaches to your own. In order to critically engage with such studies and position your research in relation to a wider body of knowledge, you need to have a good understanding of various methodologies. Once you have grasped the nature and the wide range of the programme, it is also important to remember that some modules will seem a little difficult to relate to your own work, even when we may make reference to your own speciality. For example, many students find Module 4 (Data Analysis) quite difficult to undertake. This is not because the contents are difficult, but simply because it is relatively hard to grasp analysis techniques before you have even collected any of your own data. Trying to anticipate problems when you have not even been ‘out there’ yet, is not easy. However, we do understand this, and will do our best to help you. Many final year PhD students come to us and say “Now I get it!”, once they have been out in the world and done it for real. So if some of it seems less than useful at first, don’t despair. We hope this helps you to understand the course, and explains clearly why you are doing it. We hope you enjoy your studies with us, and look forward to working with you.
  • 10. 9 Committees of The Graduate School The following bodies meet regularly in The Graduate School. In addition, many students also have a Student Representative in their Departments or home Schools.  The Social Sciences Course Team  The Staff-Student Liaison Committee  The Research Committee The Social Sciences Course Team (SSCT) is the course committee in of the MRes programme in The Graduate School. It is chaired by the Head of The Graduate School. The Director of PG Research from each School or Department with students on the programme sits on the committee. The Graduate School tutors are also on the committee. Dr Behrooz Morvaridi Development and Economic Studies Dr Sarah Perrigo Peace Studies Prof Brid Featherstone Social Sciences and Humanities Dr Nelarine Cornelius School of Management (PhD) Prof Rob Newell School of Health Studies Dr George Sheeran SLED Prof Peter Hartley Centre for Academic Practice (LSS) Arrangements will be made for student representatives to sit on the Staff-Student Liaison Committee once the first semester gets underway. We will speak to you in the first week of the year about electing student representatives to sit on the committee. A Graduate School tutor will chair the Staff-Student Liaison Committee and we are always open to comments and suggestions from all students about any concerns, or questions which you may wish to raise. Any concerns about the course or specific work may be addressed to the appropriate tutor. You may, of course, contact a tutor or the Head of The Graduate School at any time with any concern or question that you may have. Our academic staff Dr Judi Sture is an anthropologist, trained in archaeology and biological anthropology. She has worked in The Graduate School for several years and sits on the University’s Social Science Research Committee. She is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods. Her PhD (Durham) focussed on biological anthropology and archaeology. Her research interests continue to be diverse. She is heavily involved in Ethics in Research, sitting on the University’s Committee for Ethics in Research, the former Sub-Committee for Ethics Involving Human Subjects, and a recent Working Group on Ethics. She is a partner with the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre in a bioethics project aiming to develop a framework to guide bioethical deliberations related to the dual-use of biotechnology problem. She retains involvement in the study of disease in human remains, and is also involved in modern health and social research, recently investigating the needs of alcohol-dependent individuals on behalf of Bradford Metropolitan Council. Her current research activities include development of a research proposal for a medical anthropology study looking at birth defect rates and urbanisation; at the same time she is writing a book addressing the power relationships associated with the control of human remains in the UK. Other work involves the development of research training programmes across the region with UKGrad, and publishing in this area. She works full time in The Graduate School. Ian Fouweather is the MRes Course Leader. He also works as a Management Consultant, Business Researcher and Lecturer in Production and Operations Management. Research in both the commercial and academic sectors is focussed on Supply Chain Management, Process Management and Change Management. He has published research on Change Management,
  • 11. 10 Supply Chain Management, the use of Internet Technologies, Virtual Networks and the application of Statistical Process Control within industry. Ian has particular interest in the philosophy of knowledge creation the application of quantitative methods within research and the application of statistical techniques in the formulation of conceptual models, theory and ‘truth’. He has also read widely on epistemology, with a special interest in the philosophy of science, the work of Karl Popper, and the philosophy of contemporary management research. Current research interests include the Healthcare Sector, the effectiveness of post graduate management education and the role of critical realism within management research. He has lectured in various institutions including the University of Bradford, The University of New York (Prague), and the Groupe Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management (Poitiers). Ian works part time for The Graduate School. Dr Roberto Espíndola is a political scientist, specialising on comparative politics and the politics of development, but with a career that started from law and has included journalism, sociology and political marketing. One of his present research foci is on the problems of poverty, inequality and democratic governance, and he chairs the European Network on Poverty and Democracy; work on this area also includes a leading role within EuroMix, the European network on migration, integration and xenophobia, as well as the convenorship of the Standing Group on Latin American Politics at the European Consortium for Political Research. Another research focus is on the links between media and governments in new democracies, working with colleagues from Leeds, Sheffield and Berlin on a project funded by the British Academy. He has been a visiting professor at several universities overseas including Athens, Complutense de Madrid, Andalucía, Salamanca, Wroclaw, Boğaziçi of Istanbul, Free of Brussels, Genova, Austral of Valdivia, Eötvös Loránd of Budapest, Babes-Bolyai of Cluj, Charles of Prague, Warsaw, Havana and Valparaíso. Having been external PhD examiner at Essex, LSE, Salamanca and Complutense in recent years, he is presently external examiner at the University of Ulster. Dr. Inna Kochetkova is a sociologist with a long standing interest in qualitative research methodology. Her PhD research (University of York) ‘The intelligentsia myth in Post-Soviet Russia: the Sixtiers and others in biographical discourse’ explored the narrative construction of identity by prominent Russian intellectuals. While at York, she also worked at the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and contributed to two projects: ‘Carers aspirations and decisions around work and retirement’ (commissioned by DWP) and ‘Knowledge review on outcomes focused services for older people and their carers’ (commissioned by SCIE). After completing PhD she joined QUALITI – a Cardiff based node of the newly established ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Working in the National Centre for Research Methods gave her a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of new developments in qualitative research methodology. She undertook research on various innovative projects (science, technology and medicine; education and social care). The projects explored the relations between novel methodological approaches and innovation, integration and impact of qualitative research. One project: Talking Treatments: Involving Citizens in Deliberations About Innovative Medical Treatments explored the differences that exist between the views of various lay and expert groups about innovative health technologies and investigated the extent to which these differences can be reconciled through dialogue and interaction. Prior to coming to the UK she worked as a senior marketing research consultant with GfK Rus, Moscow. Dr Mansour Pourmehdi has taught both qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis since 1999, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Other teaching has covered sociological theory, and globalisation. He gained a Masters degree in Social Research Methods at the Centre for Applied Social Research University of Manchester, and worked with many leading scholars notably Professor Peter Halfpenny and Professor Wes Sharrock. His PhD thesis was about migration and refugees, utilising a case study design. The thesis contended that existing theories of migration and refugees were inadequate, as they were too
  • 12. 11 externalistic and sacrifice the point of view of actors (migrant & refugees). An attempt was made to lay the basic foundations for a new beginning in theorising migration and refugees by going back to the roots of sociological theory. His current research interests include social movements, globalisation, transnationalism and diaspora.
  • 13. 12 PATHWAYS THROUGH THE PG CERT TO THE PG DIPLOMA AND MRES Pathway A Pathway B Pathway C Pathway D Pathway E Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 Module 6 Module 7 KEY G generic (Graduate School Modules & Gradate School marking/supervision) C collaborative (Graduate School module with Graduate School and/or home supervision) SS subject specific module & supervision E elective modules (for example, from another course; may be two single modules or one double). G G G G C C E SS C C E SS SS SS G SS C
  • 14. 13 POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE / DIPLOMA / MRes In Research Methods For The Social Sciences Pathway Regulations These regulations should be read in conjunction with the pathway diagram. They are based on general University regulations for taught Masters degrees and any particulars not explicitly defined below default to the University regulations. Admission and Registration Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MRes may be on the basis either of a single registration with The Graduate School or a dual registration in conjunction with an academic School (for example, the School of Management, the School of Social and International Studies, the School of Health Studies and so on). Single registration students study for the Certificate, the Diploma or the MRes. Double registration students are usually registered for the degree of MPhil in their “home” school, and come to The Graduate School for their research training (the Diploma). Applicants for single registration should normally possess a first degree (in the upper second or first class) or equivalent qualification in a relevant area of the social sciences, management or humanities. Applications will be judged in terms of the candidate’s previous knowledge and experience, and ability to benefit from the training programmes offered. For single registration in The Graduate School, admission will be either to the PG Certificate or Diploma in the first instance, subject to the availability of supervision in the case of the Diploma. Registration may be full-time, part-time or by credit accumulation, either on-site or in Distance Learning mode. The Graduate School will only offer admission to the Diploma and MRes when it is satisfied that appropriate arrangements have been made for supervision, if necessary by co-supervision with a member of another academic School. Progression from the PG Diploma to MRes registration is conditional on a level of attainment above the minimum required for the award of the PG Diploma, as specified below. Dual registration is offered automatically to candidates admitted to the degree of MPhil (or, exceptionally, direct to PhD) in an associated academic School or Department. Such research students are normally required to complete the PG Diploma as a precondition of re-registration for the PhD. Dual registration may be full-time or part-time, either on-site or in Distance Learning mode. Prior Certificated or Experiential Learning (APL) Candidates who have successfully completed certified research training courses at an appropriate level elsewhere, or who have relevant work experience, may apply to import specific academic credit, according to the University regulations in force at the date of admission. Usually we will not import more than 20 credits-worth of prior awards. Application should be made, before registration or at the earliest opportunity thereafter, to the Head of The Graduate School, Dr Judi Sture. Applications for import of credit must usually be agreed before registration becomes effective. Any students who believes that she/he has appropriate prior learning should first raise the matter with her/his own department and prepare a case in full for APL before approaching the Graduate School. Postgraduate Certificate The course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate requires study of 60 credits at Level M consisting of three core double modules of generic training in research methods. The diet requires the inclusion of Module 1, plus any two others of the four core modules (Modules 1 – 4). Guidance will be given on the most suitable combination. To qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, the graduate must comply with the above requirements for study and achieve at least 40.0% in two of the modules and at least
  • 15. 14 35.0% in the third. Graduates who wish to progress to the PG Diploma and who have a mark in any module below 40.0% may be advised or required by the Board of Examiners to undertake supplementary assessment in that component. Postgraduate Diploma The course of study for the Postgraduate Diploma requires study of 120 credits either all at Level M, or with a maximum of 20 credits made up from elective modules at Level 3. There are several pathways to the PG Diploma, as indicated on the diagram. Pathway A requires study of 120 credits in The Graduate School consisting of six double modules in research methods, the core generic modules (1-4) and the co-supervised modules (5-6). Pathway B requires study of 100 credits in The Graduate School consisting of the core generic modules (1-4), the co-supervised Module 5, and 20 elective credits (one double module or two single modules) selected  either from subject-specific modules currently approved at Level M in a discipline relevant to the social sciences, management or the humanities,  or from currently approved Level 3 modules with a demonstrable skill component (such as a language module). Pathway C requires study of 80 credits in The Graduate School consisting of the core generic modules (1-4) and a further 40 credits, of which 20 elective credits (one double module or two single modules) may be selected  either from subject-specific or generic modules currently approved at Level M in a discipline relevant to the social sciences, management or the humanities,  or from currently approved Level 3 modules with a demonstrable skill component (such as a language module); and 20 credits must be selected from among subject-specific modules at Level M in a discipline relevant to the social sciences, management or the humanities. Pathway D requires study of 80 credits in The Graduate School consisting of the core generic modules (1-4) and a further 40 credits which must be selected from among 20-credit subject- specific modules at Level M in a discipline relevant to the social sciences, management or the humanities. Pathway E requires study of 80 credits in The Graduate School consisting of the core generic modules (1-4) and a further 40 credits made up of the home-supervised GS Module 5, and a subject-specific 20 credit module of M level standard. The GS Module 5 comprises the preparation of a postgraduate-standard Research Proposal, a training exercise which some students require. To qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, the candidate must comply with the requirements for one of the above pathways and achieve at least 40.0% in individual units amounting to 100 credits and at least 35.0% in the other 20 credits. Degree of Master In Research Methods Admission or progression to the degree of Master of Research Methods (MRes) is conditional on attainment which would qualify the candidate for the award of the PG Diploma with at least 40.0% in individual units amounting to 160 credits and at least 35.0% in the other 20 credits (including imported credit where appropriate). In addition, the MRes requires the submission of a dissertation equivalent to 60 credits which attains a mark of at least 40.0%.
  • 16. 15 Graduates following pathways A or B usually register for The Graduate School dissertation module (GS0007Z) specializing in the methodology of research, although they may choose an alternative appropriate dissertation in agreement with The Graduate School. Those following pathways C, D, or E usually select a 60-credit dissertation module from those currently approved in the social sciences, management or other suitable source; such a dissertation must be also agreed with The Graduate School. All dissertation candidates may choose to have collaborative supervision if they wish, in which supervision is shared between a member of Graduate School staff and a supervisor from the subject specific area. A specialist MRes degree may be granted based on the specialist content of the Modules 5 and 6 as well as on the dissertation. A specialist dissertation alone will not be sufficient to grant a specialist named MRes degree. The discipline areas that may be recognized, by an additional phrase in parentheses after the main title of the degree, are:  Applied Social Studies  Conflict Resolution  Development Studies  International History  International Relations  Political Science  Social Policy. Students wishing to achieve a variant of the MRes with a subject-specific title, for example, “MRes (Conflict Resolution)”, or “MRes (Political Science)” must get permission to register for such a degree BEFORE study commences. This should be arranged in conjunction with The Graduate School, the PhD supervisor and The Hub, who will advise on all degree titles. Merits And Distinctions Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MRes may qualify for their award with Merit, if their average mark for the course, at the initial attempt, is between 60 – 69.9%. An award with Distinction is made if, at the initial attempt, they attain an average of at least 70% in the assessments specified for the pathway. Credit Accumulation Graduate students who have single registration with The Graduate School and who are studying by credit accumulation may apply to consolidate credits into a named award at any point before the eighth anniversary of the date on which the Board of Examiners awarded credit in any of the modules to be so incorporated. Taking the MRes Dissertation The majority of our students are with us to take the PG Diploma as part of their PhD studies. Some students are funded by the ESRC and will also take the dissertation. These students should refer to the schedule on the following pages to see the timetable for the completion of the dissertation. You should not otherwise consider the dissertation until you have finished your PhD. All students taking the dissertation must abide by the attached MRes schedule. This ensures adequate time to arrange and deliver supervision, and to produce drafts and a final version in time for submission by early September. This submission deadline is allocated due to the requirements of marking, access of the External Examiner to the dissertations, and to allow time for students to organise degree ceremony attendance if appropriate. Graduate School staff do not arrange attendance at Graduation ceremonies. If you wish to add the dissertation to your PG Diploma, you will be charged for it at the appropriate rate in the year for which you register for it (except for ESRC 1+3 students).
  • 17. 16 NB. Registration for the MRes entails a short suspension from your registration for your PhD. This must be arranged with The Hub (Sarah Hargreaves’ office, see front page). This is because you cannot be registered for two M level degrees at the same time (MRes and MPhil). Usually this suspension is arranged over the summer, for three months, after which your initial MPhil registration must re-activated with The Hub. We will advise you on how to do this if you ask us. If you are registered for MPhil-PhD, and you take the Diploma with us, or any of the individual modules within the programme, then you are receiving the Diploma “free” in with your PhD fees. HOWEVER, if you then leave the universitybefore completing your PhD, you will be charged IN FULL for the Diploma, MRes or the modules that you have taken.
  • 18. 17 Timetable for MRes dissertation completion 2009-10 The following timetable has been devised to serve the needs of students, supervisors and examiners. You can only register for the dissertation if you agree to abide by this schedule. If you miss the Christmas deadline in one year, you can apply to do the dissertation in the following academic session. The Graduate School retains the right to refuse access to the dissertation for any students who decline to abide by this schedule. December Students signal their intention to complete MRes dissertation to supervisor(s) and the Head of The Graduate School. List closes on MONDAY 7 December 2009. January Students agree arrangements for fees and suspensions with The Hub by the end of this month at the latest. Initial meeting of academic staff (supervisors, Directors of Research and Head of The Graduate School) and students, to distribute schedule of work and announce expectations, and to confirm final submission date. Attendance at this meeting is required of all students who are on campus. DL students must discuss this with the The Graduate School. We recommend that students who cannot attend one of these meetings, or in the case of DL students, discuss the arrangements with the Head of The Graduate School at this time, should seriously consider their continued intention to complete the MRes in this academic session. February-April Students complete PG Diploma work at The Graduate School. Some initial work towards the dissertation may be undertaken (literature review, early plans for title perhaps). START OF DISSERTATION WORK May Students meet with supervisor(s) and Graduate School tutors to confirm the topic of their dissertation and to agree which dissertation unit they will take. The Graduate School tutors to ensure topic is suitably methodological in nature if taking the generic dissertation. Outline of chapters suggested by supervisors and Graduate School tutors to guide student. Student to show literature review so far and any other work completed or in progress towards the dissertation. Students to suspend their PhD registration with The Hub. June Work continues on the dissertation. Meetings of student with departmental supervisor as arranged.
  • 19. 18 July Work continues on the dissertation. Meetings between the student and dept. supervisor as arranged. A Graduate School tutor will review each individual student at one meeting to ensure methodological application and focus are appropriate, and advise if necessary. Other meetings with Graduate School tutors will be arranged if necessary. REVISE FINAL DRAFT August Student to revise final draft. As this is staff research time, no meetings will be planned with Graduate School tutors. SUBMISSION OF DISSERTATION September Submit by Monday August 16th 2010 to The Graduate School, no later than 15:30. No extensions will be granted except in the case of serious unforeseen circumstances September – October The dissertation will be marked twice: once by the PhD supervisor in the home department, secondly by a Graduate School tutor. The dissertation will be made available to the External Examiner. Students to reactivate their PhD registration with The Hub. November The Board of Examiners meets to make awards. If the award is made, students may attend the December degree ceremony. It is the student’s responsibility to indicate their intention to graduate, if successful, in response to communications from The Hub. In the case of students wishing to apply for the ESRC +3 funding scheme, or who are completing year 1 of the ESRC 1+3 scheme, notification of the MRes result to the ESRC will be made by The Hub. December Successful students graduate at the degree ceremony if suitable arrangements have been made by them.
  • 20. 19 STATEMENT ON DOUBLE CONSIDERATION OF MARKS Marking is anonymous. We only see your UB number when marking your work. All assignments submitted to The Graduate School will be first-marked by a single tutor or other appropriately qualified individual. As marking is done to a set of learning outcomes, not specifically to class content, work may be marked by someone other than the tutor who delivered the teaching. The marker’s initials will be noted on the comment sheet. Markers are prepared to discuss their comments with you after you have received them, but we must emphasise that a mark cannot be changed once it has been made for a given piece of work. Each mark is provisional and subject to confirmation by The Graduate School Assessment Committee, which may also choose to amend it in agreement with the External Examiner, and subject to University guidelines. Each cohort of assignments is subject to second consideration in accordance with the policy of the University: (http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/acsec/QA_Hbk/QAH5_11.html): 2.5 A minimum 10% sample of scripts for individual assessments for units at Level 2, 3 and M should be subject to double consideration as defined in 2.6 below, with all units being subject to this process within a two year cycle, and at least 50% of units being subject to double consideration in any one academic year. 2.6 Double Consideration has been defined by Senate as 'a process to confirm the quality of marking, which involves a second member of academic staff using their professional judgement to confirm the validity and equity of the marks, taking into account the marks and comments of the first marker'. This means that at least 10% of every cohort of assignments will be reviewed by a second marker as a quality assurance exercise to confirm the validity of the first markers’ marks and comments. In practice, we second-consider all fail-grade assignments, all distinction assignments, plus around 10% of the remainder of the cohort. We will not re-mark work simply because you disagree with the comments of the marker, or with the mark. All work is made available to the External Examiner prior to the Assessment Committee and Board of Examiners’ meetings. We automatically send all failed work to the External Examiner in advance of the meetings to ensure ratification. The Bradford grade scale looks like this: Less than 40 Fail 40 - 49 Satisfactory 50 - 59 Good 60 – 69 Merit 70 + Distinction Please note that this is quite different to many overseas grade schemes. While the full range of marks is available in every assignment (0 – 100), anything over 70 is considered a distinction. It is unusual, but not impossible, to get marks in the 80s and 90s, so please do not be disappointed if you get 70. Here in the UK, that is an excellent mark.
  • 21. 20 SUBMISSION OF WORK On the following page [p.20], you will find a SAMPLE COVER PAGE that should be included at the front of all your assignments. There are copies available on Blackboard under “Assignments” in each module section, where you will find exemplar cover sheets for you to download. You will see that the cover sheet requires the following details:  University of Bradford  The Graduate School  Module Number  Module Name  Title of Essay i.e. QUESTION BEING ANSWERED (you must write out the whole question)  Your UB number  Distance Learner  Department  Your Supervisor  I confirm that the work in this essay is all my own, and that I have not plagiarised the work of others in any form whatsoever.  By submitting through Blackboard, you are confirming that this work is all your own.  Date  Word Count (not including bibliography or appendices) Marking is anonymous, so please do not include your name. However it is essential that you provide your UB number correctly. You must state the word count on each cover page. Please note that we do not accept formal submissions by fax or e-mail. No matter how well you have written an assignment, or what degree of understanding or intellect it shows, if you have not answered the question as it is set, you cannot pass an assignment. You must copy out the question at the front of each assignment. Make sure you answer it fully. Your own version of the question will not be acceptable. You should try to develop, from the start, good habits in the presentation of your assignments. The general model for an essay is that of the academic journal paper. An essay should address the question clearly and concisely, should have an evident logical progression, and should keep to the specified length and follow the specification below. Marks may be deducted for essays that are hard to understand or do not conform to the standards specified (in terms of content and presentation). You will lose marks for poor English. All assignments should be word processed or typed in double spacing, and using characters no smaller than 12 point. Use 25mm margins all round and add page numbers. You must also include your UB number on every page. If you do not do this, we will not accept your submission. You are required to use ONLY the Harvard Bradford system for your bibliographic references in all your assignments, except for the dissertation. It is fully detailed in a document provided by the University’s Learner Support Services (LSS) entitled “Cite ‘em Right”, which is available on the University’s Intranet: http://www.inf.brad.ac.uk/internal/eimc/docs/misc/cite.pdf.
  • 22. 21 Students completing the MRes dissertation may use the referencing system of their choice. If quoting, do so exactly, giving the reference and precise page number(s). Quotes of less than two lines should be put in quotation marks within the main text. Longer quotes should be put into a separate block, in smaller type, and indented. Any tables and figures may be embedded in your essay at the appropriate place and clearly labelled correctly as “Table x” or “Figure x” as appropriate. The alternative (which would probably be required if you were submitting an article to a journal) is to print each table and figure on a separate sheet at the end, with a clear indication in the text as to where it should be located. Footnotes are allowed in your assignments, but are to be included in the word count. Each module is assessed by means of an essay, or an essay and a second assessment. A new list of questions is approved each year. The list will be given to you in the first teaching week. Please check that you are working from the correct list. Submission dates for Graduate School taught modules Dates for the submission of assignments for the core modules 1 – 4 are set each year to take account of the needs of each cohort of graduates and will be given to you at the earliest opportunity (usually on the first day of teaching if not before). It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that essays are submitted through Blackboard and Turn-It-In by the due date and in the required format. All work submitted after the due date, without an agreed extension, will receive a mark of 0%. (http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/acsec/QA_Hbk/Postgrad_Taught_Regs.html#submission_of_asse ssed_work). All assignments that exceed the maximum length set will be penalised by the appropriate percentage. For example, if you write 20% too many words, you will lose 20% of the marks allocated. (http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/acsec/assu/regs_changes.html#standard_penalties ). Marks are normally expected to be available to students around five weeks after the submission deadline date. A degree of flexibility is needed over this due to public holidays and demands on staff time due to their responsibilities in their home departments (all of our staff except the Head are seconded or have other non-University work). A copy of the comment/marks sheets for the taught modules will be sent to you and to your supervisor (via the PG secretary in your department), with whom you should discuss your work. Please note that the marks are not definitive until they have been ratified by the Board of Examiners. All failed assignments are automatically second-considered and reviewed by the External Examiner. You may of course submit an assignment earlier than the due date.
  • 23. 22 UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD The Graduate School Module Number Module Name TITLE OF ESSAY ie. QUESTION BEING ANSWERED you must write out the whole question Your UB number Distance Learner DEPARTMENT YOUR SUPERVISOR Date of submission By submitting this assignment through Blackboard, I confirm that the work in this essay is all my own, and that I have not plagiarised the work of others in any form whatsoever. Date of Submission Word count (not including bibliography and appendices):
  • 24. 23 Extensions to the due date for submission Extensions will only be granted for the occurrence of unforeseen circumstances. This is a University regulation. If an extension to the due date for submission is required, an Extension Form should be completed. This should detail the grounds for your request and must be submitted to The Graduate School prior to the due date for submission. The Head of The Graduate School may grant an extension of up to a maximum of 2 weeks. Longer extensions must be discussed and must have very strong grounds in order to be approved. This is in the interests of equality for all students in the cohort. The Extension Form is available on Blackboard under “Assignments” and is also included at the back of this Manual. You may be advised to suspend, intercalate or otherwise delay your submission. Any extension must be agreed in writing prior to the due date for submission. You cannot ask for an extension on the submission date. Mitigating circumstances If there are personal circumstances that you feel have adversely affected your performance and/or assessment outcomes, an explanation should be submitted in confidence to the Head of The Graduate School, via the secretary, no later than seven days after the deadline for your assignment(s). There is a Mitigating Circumstances form for this purpose. You can find it on Blackboard and at the back of this Manual. Wherever possible any request for mitigating circumstances should be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentary evidence, (Such as a “sick note”, a letter from your doctor or employer, a report from the Police or a national consulate/embassy). A sub-group of the Board of Examiners (the Mitigating Circumstances Committee) will then consider your claim for Mitigating Circumstances. The claim may or may not be approved. If it is approved, then the committee will recommend an appropriate response to the Board of Examiners. Your work will be marked normally meanwhile and a mark allocated as normal (this may be a 0 for late or non-submission). Any mitigating circumstances submitted after the seven day limit will not be considered. Acceptance of a claim for Mitigating Circumstances will not alter the mark awarded to your work, but it may allow the Board of Examiners to act with discretion when considering your progress through the programme. Resubmission of Work If you have to resubmit an assignment, please follow these procedures again. BUT, you must also write the word “Resubmission” in bold type or block capitals, clearly, on the front pages of your resubmission. You should also contact the relevant tutor once you know you have to resubmit any work, as some supervision will usually be offered to help you. Transcripts When you complete all of your Graduate School modules, we will send you, with your final letter from the Board of Examiners, a transcript of your marks for future use. If you need further copies of a transcript, we will charge £25 per transcript. Blackboard The Graduate School uses a Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. You can access it from the front page of the University internal website. As a Distance Learner, when not on campus, this is available at the following address: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/internal/index.php. The link is in the column of links at the right hand side of the page under “Quick links”. When you click on the link you will be taken to the log-in page. Your log-in is your University email username and your own password. You will not be able to log in until your registration
  • 25. 24 with the University has been completed on the University student system called SAINT. Please note that SAINT registration is completed by The Hub, not The Graduate School, and sometimes delays are out of our hands at the beginning of the year. Once logged on, you will be able to view all the modules for which you are registered. We will give an introduction session to the use of Blackboard, including submission of assessments, in class. If you have any problems accessing Blackboard, please contact Sandra Hall and she will advise you. We know that the vast majority of students now have access to the internet when off campus and so are able to access Blackboard. As a distance learner you must ensure that you have a reliable link to the internet. If you do not have this facility at home, please make alternative arrangements. We suggest that all distance learners have an alternative means of connecting to the web as a contingency. On the main campus the JB Priestley Library has numerous computer clusters which are available around the clock during term time. Email Please use your University email account. Many students have private email accounts and do not wish to use their University email address. However, in the past we have had many problems in communicating with students who change their private email addresses and do not tell us. When directly emailing you, we will use your University contact email address. It is your responsibility to check this account regularly and make sure you are up to date with the inbox.
  • 26. 25 The Graduate School _____________________________________________________________ MRes / PG Dip/ PG Cert Research Methods/DBA EXTENSION FORM for ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION* SECTION 1: (to be completed by the Student) ___________________________________________________________________ wish to apply for an extension to the due date for submission of my assignment(s) on the following grounds (please continue on another sheet if necessary): ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Module Title Module Leader Due date for submission Signed: __________________________________ (Student) Date: __________ SECTION 2:(to be completed by Module Leader/ Head of The Graduate School ) The application for an extension has been agreed / has not been agreed** for the following Module(s): Module Title Due date for submission New submission date Signed: ___________________________________(Module Leader/Head of The Graduate School)** Date: ___________________________________ Copies to: Head / Module Leader / Student file * To be given to the Module Leader / Head of The Graduate School prior to the due date for submission ** Please delete as appropriate
  • 27. 26 The Graduate School _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATION OF MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES NAME: UB No Course/Stage: Personal Tutor: NOTIFICATION OF MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES If there are circumstances which have affected your performance in any of your assessments, please give details below. Please provide as much detail as you can, as decisions will be based on this information - you may attach a separate letter if you wish. Submission of this form does not mean your mitigation has been accepted. PLEASE NOTE:You must submit this form no later than 7 days after the hand-in or exam date. Modules Affected:- Module code Module Title Semester Details of the mitigating circumstances EVIDENCE Please note: Independent evidence must be attached if requested by the Graduate School (eg. a medical certificate or other proof in support of the claim) before this can be considered. If you do not provide required evidence the mitigation will not be accepted. Evidence attached? (please circle): Yes No To follow Signed: Date: PLEASE RETURN FORM TO: The Graduate School, Richmond Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, or to Sandra Hall on s.hall2@bradford.ac.uk . OFFICE USE Accepted Yes No Notes
  • 28. 27 THE GRADUATE SCHOOL MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES - GUIDELINES In order to ensure fairness and equality of treatment for all students, our practice on the acceptance of mitigating circumstances follows University policy. Claims for mitigating circumstances relate to your performance in the course as a whole, although they may be specific to a certain module or part of the course. Section 9 of the University’s Regulations Governing Postgraduate Taught Courses refers to “unforeseen circumstances” which could prevent a student from submitting assessed coursework on time. These are the only grounds for agreeing extensions to coursework deadlines. The mitigating circumstances process is not the same as the extension request process, but it works along similar lines. Therefore, mitigating circumstances must be unforeseen. No other circumstances will be accepted. Your request for mitigating circumstances to be taken into account will be put before a Mitigating Circumstances Committee before a Board of Examiners meeting. Your work will go through the usual Assessment Committee meeting as normal, and will receive the mark allocated to it by the markers. Following this, the case will be brought up (if it has been accepted by the Committee) at the subsequent Board of Examiners. The request for Mitigating Circumstances to be taken into account will be considered by the Board of Examiners on the basis of students’ performance in their other assessments. Should the Board decide that their performance in the affected modules has been significantly impaired due to mitigating circumstances, they will take this into account when making decisions about progression or the award of degrees. All requests for mitigating circumstances to be taken into account must be submitted no later than 7 days after the normal hand-in date for coursework or the scheduled date of an examination. There will be no exceptions to this rule, as students are made aware of these regulations at the beginning of every year.

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