40 credits at level HE6
Preparing students to write a Dissertation in the area of English Studies, which will encompass: developing advanced research and study skills; fostering the ability to work independently on a particular topic; developing skills of literature searching, communication and presentation; furthering competence in handling the concepts and methods apposite to English Studies.
The Dissertation itself should allow you to pursue and develop a topic of personal interest; help you develop your own critical voice; give you experience of the research process; develop your ability to plan, organise and manage a project, besides analysing, synthesising and evaluating the material involved.
Finding and exploring ideas; developing conceptual and theoretical awareness; literature searching (in library, using journals, web-based material, specialist databases); compiling an annotated bibliography; oral presentation skills; advanced word-processing.
The content of the disseration itself will be chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor; the proposed topic will then need to be formally approved by the Pathway; the student should liaise with their tutor on a regular basis, discussing ideas and drafts; students should maintain a record, on the approved form, of meetings with their supervisor .
Four 3-hour timetabled sessions (Undertaking a dissertation, Literature searching, Presentations, Assessing Dissertations) (12 hours); Supervisor consultation (6 hours); Independent study (382 hours).
There are two assignments prior to completion of the dissertation itself:
Seminar Presentation (5-10 mins);
Proposal and Annotated bibliography (500 words)
Dissertation (7000-10,000 words)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to identify and explore a viable research topic using appropriate strategies, including up-to-date literature searching techniques and databases.||Identify and document your exploration of a viable research topic.|
|2.||Have knowledge and understanding of existing literature (primary texts, critical materials, appropriate theoretical concepts) pertinent to a specific topic||Evidence familiarity with the existing literature, the debates and issues around a topic.|
|3.||Be able to defend and justify a specific approach to a topic of research.||Demonstrate skills of argument, rhetoric, ordering and structuring of materials, combining textual analysis with commentary and secondary material as necessary.|
|4.||Be able to communicate orally at graduate level||Give an oral presentation using appropriate audio-visual aids.|
|5.||Be able to communicate in writing at graduate level||Demonstrate an ability to write grammatically, to use word processing and/or other ICT skills effectively, to reference, compile a bibliography and observe other scholarly conventions (of register, tone, structure).|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Seminar Presentation (5-10 min)||Proposal and Annotated Bibliography (500 words)||Dissertation (7,000-10,000 words)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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