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LANG3009 Research Skills 1 (online)

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

 To allow you to undertake independent research with guidance from a supervisor whilst you are abroad  To employ informed thinking and reading (from S1 and/or S2 year three content modules) about the MLANG ISM major themes – multiculturalism and identity construction – to locate your ISM project area  To define your ISM research topic and research question (i.e. formulation of a working title) also informed by your investigation of materials in S1 and/or S2 year three content modules  To identify your ISM primary resources and the scope of the project  To further your target reading to enable you to develop your ISM research plan  To introduce you to the generic and practical research skills necessary for advanced level study  To enable students coming from various disciplinary backgrounds to formulate research topics, use evidence, construct complex arguments, read primary and secondary resources critically, develop independent thinking and present written work in accordance with academic research conventions (correct formatting of references, bibliography etc.) To provide a range of transferable written communication skills, time-management and other organisational skills, to prepare you for the world of work  To prepare you for further post-graduate study (MRes, M.Phil, PhD)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a grasp of relevant bibliographic systems (Harvard or other) and the ability to use correct referencing conventions via discrete set tasks
  • Demonstrate originality of thought and approach, moving beyond paraphrase of others’ ideas, or simple synthesis of secondary materials
  • 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
  • The ability to engage with theoretical approaches applicable to your chosen area(s) of study
  • Engage with critical debates through sustained argument in preparation for the extended piece of academic writing in second semester
  • 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;
  • 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
  • Where appropriate, develop relevant empirical, technical or creative research techniques;


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.

Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Completion of assessment task45
Wider reading or practice20
Follow-up work10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Chicago Style. A quick guide to this style of referencing can be found at:

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:

Designed on websites with information about how to write an annotated bibliography.

how to write an annotated bibliography.

How to write an annotated bibliography.

How to write an annotated bibliography.

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.. 

how to write an annotated bibliography:.



MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (2500 words) 50%
Report  (1000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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