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LANG3003 Dissertation

Module Overview

This unit will allow students to undertake independent research to produce an in-depth study of a specific topic located in one of the fields within Modern Languages.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• allow you to undertake independent research, with guidance from a supervisor • enable you to produce an in-depth study of a topic in one of the three fields of study in the Modern Languages curriculum (cultural and literary studies, linguistic studies, and social and political studies) • prepare you for postgraduate study and/or vocational training

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the topic you have selected in your chosen field of study
  • relevant theoretical approaches applicable to your chosen area of study
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate specific, as well as general, research skills, such as information retrieval and library searches (which may include external libraries and archives)
  • write an extended essay under deadline conditions which is logically structured, coherently argued, supported by a detailed bibliography and, where applicable, illustrations
  • demonstrate an appropriate use of web-based research and general competence in using electronic research methods and data
  • give a short oral presentation on progress made by first draft stage
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with critical debate through a sustained argument over an extended piece of work
  • analyse/synthesise secondary, as well as primary sources
  • evaluate and critically assess previous work on the chosen subject
  • where applicable, make connections between different critical methodologies and use interdisciplinary modes of approaching the subject
  • demonstrate originality of thought and approach which moves beyond a simple synthesis of secondary materials

Syllabus

The dissertation is an extended piece of work, of c. 8000 words, which results from the in-depth study of a topic in one of the three fields of study that constitute the Modern Languages curriculum (cultural and literary studies, linguistic studies, and social and political studies). It is equivalent to two single weighted modules, one in each semester.

Special Features

The tutorial supervision provides you with guidance on methodology on structuring your research and your writing. In the early supervisions the methodology for investigation of the topic is agreed, as is the ground to be covered, and the structure of the finished dissertation is discussed. Later meetings require you to have prepared a section of the work, and this forms the basis of the supervision. You will be expected to demonstrate the research skills and the intellectual ability required by the project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • research and independent study • regular meetings with your supervisor. Learning activities include • Group seminars/workshops, normally run by staff in the appropriate field of study, at which research methods are explained and issues of common concern are discussed.

TypeHours
Teaching6
Independent Study294
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback • By the end of Semester 1 you will be expected to submit a 2000-word draft chapter and an annotated bibliography. • You are required to submit a draft of the entire dissertation by the end of Week 5 of Semester 2, and the finished dissertation by the end of Week 10.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (8000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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