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MFCO490 Dissertation


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A supervised dissertation of up to 15 000 words on an approved research topic.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code MFCO490
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,293.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $13,056.00

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COMS 490, FIME 490
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Paper Structure
Students are assigned a supervisor early in the first semester with whom they will meet regularly to support the writing of their dissertation. In addition, informational sessions and workshops are provided across the semesters related to the practicalities of dissertation research and writing.


The final dissertation is the sole form of assessment for MFCO 490. However, students will agree on deadlines across the two semesters with their supervisor with regard to writing an abstract, a proposal, a literature review and chapters.
Teaching Arrangements
Regular meetings with assigned supervisor
Other informational sessions and workshops
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By completion of the MFCO 490 dissertation students will
  • Demonstrate advanced research skills
  • Successfully choose and make use of an appropriate methodology for the chosen topic
  • Work independently to produce an extended argument in a topic of relevance to film and media or communication studies
Teaching staff
Convenor: to be advised.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
B1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41