The research skills module will help you to prepare your ISM project (Sem 2) through informed thinking and reading and the preparation of an annotated bibliography and feasibility report at the end of Semester 1.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- The ability to engage with theoretical approaches applicable to your chosen area(s) of study
- Where appropriate, develop relevant empirical, technical or creative research techniques;
- Demonstrate a grasp of relevant bibliographic systems (Harvard or other) and the ability to use correct referencing conventions via discrete set tasks
- Analyse, evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary materials and sources in order (1) to build and sustain your own argument and (2) to express it in an appropriate written register and format;
- Demonstrate an ability to write appropriately via discrete set tasks an annotated bibliography in which you will not only provide context but also a critical analysis of the texts in question in relation to the broader context of its field of research as well as being able to provide an evaluation of the relevance and usefulness of the texts to your chosen ISM topic.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce via a discrete set task a feasibility and scoping study for your ISM project, through the development of key research skills
- Engage with critical debates through sustained argument in preparation for the extended piece of academic writing in second semester
- Demonstrate originality of thought and approach, moving beyond paraphrase of others’ ideas, or simple synthesis of secondary materials
- Make relevant connections between different critical methodologies and use, where appropriate, interdisciplinary and comparative modes of approaching the subject
- Undertake independent information collection work – interviewing (only relevant to certain ISM modules), archival retrieval, establishment of databases etc. as relevant to your topic
The research skills module will help you to prepare your ISM project through informed thinking and reading and the preparation of an annotated bibliography and feasibility report at the end of Semester 1.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module is conducted online in semester 1 module and will help you prepare for the ISM dissertation (Sem 2). You will be allocated a supervisor who will supervise the research topic for the ISM dissertation (sem 2) which you have chosen based on the available ISM online modules. There will be both unmarked tasks and marked assignments for the research skills module in sem 1 which you need to complete. You must complete unmarked tasks as these will be key in insuring you understand what is expected for the marked tasks. You will have regular email contact with the supervisor. At the end of the first semester you will need to submit via Turnitin an annotated bibliography and feasibility report.
|Completion of assessment task||45|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||50|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association).. This style of referencing is often the preferred choice for literature and history-based work. A free copy of the MHRA Style Guide can be downloaded from: http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/index.html
Chicago Style. A quick guide to this style of referencing can be found at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
The ML Style Guide provides information on referencing based on the Harvard System. More detailed guidance on the Harvard System can be found very easily online through a simple Google search..
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External