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LANG6029 Research Skills (Dissertation Preparation)

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to help you prepare your Masters dissertation in Languages & Cultures or Translation & Professional Communication Skills, including the oral presentation that forms part of its assessment. The emphasis is on skills required for a formal oral presentation, and for writing a dissertation on any topic within the scope of the MA Languages & Cultures and MA Translation & Professional Communication Skills programmes (processing, analysing, and evaluating theoretical frameworks and research methods; formulating research questions; articulating and organising ideas; developing and structuring an argument; processing, analysing and evaluating research sources; bibliographical skills; presentation and editing). Particular attention will be paid to helping you develop the ability to evaluate and revise your own work. Other skills (such as the gathering, processing, and analysis of archival and linguistic sources) may also be covered, depending on your dissertation topic. Attention will be given to making you sensitive to the dynamics of collaborative research as well as of the requirements of individual research. This module also helps to prepare you for the next stage in your career, whether you are continuing with postgraduate study at the MPhil and/or PhD level, or entering employment. You will learn to identify your intellectual and practical strengths so that you can maximise their potential.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • advanced research methods from a range of Humanities disciplines
  • the principles of advanced research design in the Humanities
  • the skills and techniques required to conduct advanced projects operating within different research approaches
  • the relationship between your proposed dissertation topic and broader high-level theoretical and secondary scholarship
  • what constitutes original research at this advanced level
  • ethical issues in advanced Humanities research.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop and articulate an intellectual agenda for your dissertation
  • communicate an advanced academic argument in written and oral form
  • demonstrate confidence and skill when engaging in high-level academic discussion and debate
  • structure your ideas in a clear and coherent manner, to an advanced level
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate high-level, complex ideas and arguments in a variety of written formats
  • communicate high-level, complex ideas and arguments orally
  • assess the relative merits of different approaches to the design and implementation of advanced research projects
  • manage deadlines and make effective use of your time
  • show awareness of the processes required to address research ethics, where appropriate.

Syllabus

The syllabus will be tailored to the research skills necessary for you and your classmates' projects.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: – tutor-led seminars – student-led discussions – department and university research seminars Learning activities include: – preparing and delivering oral presentations – participating in department and university seminars – preparing written and oral assignments – applying research methods

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Seminar24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Foss, Sonja K. (2016). Destination dissertation: a traveler's guide to a done dissertation. 

Ball, Steve (2012). The complete guide to writing your dissertation: advice, techniques and insights to help you enhance your grades. 

Furseth, Inger (2013). Doing your master's dissertation. 

Kirton, Bill (2011). Brilliant dissertation: what you need to know and how to do it. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 30%
Dissertation proposal  (1500 words) 25%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 20%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 25%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 30%
Dissertation proposal  (1500 words) 25%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 20%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 30%
Dissertation proposal  (1500 words) 25%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 25%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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