20 credits at level HE6
The module is designed to provide the learner with the opportunity to undertake a self-managed analytical piece of work which draws on theoretical models and perspectives studied in law modules previously taken. In addition the module involves, supports and assesses Personal Development Planning (PDP)
The module provides the learner with the opportunity to develop their ability to undertake independent research by undertaking a literature based academic investigation into a law related issue.
In terms of PDP the learner will be expected to develop critical evaluation of own learning and evaluation of achievement and planning for learning, personal and professional development.
In addition, the student is required to use traditional and internet resources during this course thus testing and developing their information literacy.
This module also aims to develop the Bolton core value of Internationalisation, Environmental Sustainability and Ethical Responsibility depending on the nature of the research undertaken.
Due to the independent nature of this module no syllabus is prescribed. The learner will be required to select a title from a range of law related titles that will be made available to them. The titles will change annually to reflect topical issues and the content of the module will be related to the title selected by the learner. Each title will provide scope for the learner to develop their ability to independently research, critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate appropriate literature. The chosen topic should not overlap substantially with any other module assessment which the learner has taken or intends to take.
It is anticipated that, during the course of this module, students will develop the following employability skills:
(1) Communication skills (D,A)
(2) Organisation & planning (D,A)
(3) Self-awareness (D,A)
(4) Initative (D,A)
(5) Action Planning (D,A)
(6) Personal impact and confidence (D)
(7) Flexibility / Adaptability (D,A)
(8) Problem solving (D,A)
This module is designed to develop the learner's ability to undertake independent research into an identified topic with limited tutor guidance. There will be a three hour introductory workshop at the beginning of the module which will assist students with developing organisation and action planning skills, This will be followed by a further three 'week long' online workshops (hosted via on line discussion forums) spaced throughout the semester where learners will be expected to demonstrate learner autonomy by taking the initiative in seeking support and feedback.
The learning outcomes identified in this module will be assessed through the medium of an extended piece of coursework, presented in report format (4,000 - 4,500 words) and a reflective report (500 - 1,000 words) which will require the learner to critically reflect on the process of undertaking the investigative study. The student's activity and contribution to each of the workshops will be reflected in the assessments.
The learning hours for this module comprise:
IS Workshops (including on-line) 12
Independent study 188
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Generic Learning Outcomes
Subject knowledge and understanding
1.Be able to undertake extensive independent and critical research into an allocated title developing knowledge and understanding of academic literature including limitations of research methodologies adopted in secondary sources.
Generic Learning Outcomes
Subject knowledge and understanding
1.Through initiative and action planning complete a self-directed piece of work, including an extensive literature review and a critical evaluation of existing research relating to the allocated title, including a review and evaluation of the research methodologies adopted within the literature reviewed
|2.||Cognitive skills in the context of the subject
2.Be able to demonstrate employability skills of communication and organisation and planning.
Cognitive skills in the context of the subject
2.Present an effective discussion of relevant theory, construct an argument which draws on an evaluation of concepts presented in literature and develop appropriate conclusions and/or recommendations and thus exhibit the necessary organisation and planning to achieve such a task.
|3.||Subject specific practical/professional skills
3.Be able to communicate complex ideas by way of a report and exhibit problem solving skills.
Subject specific practical/professional skills
3. Evaluate and critically analyse relevant sources of material by comparing and contrasting legal information and applying to legal issues and presenting in an acceptable format.
|4.||Be able to demonstrate, reflect and critically review employability skills of flexibility, self awareness , initiative, action planning and personal impact as part of PDP.||Show self-awareness by submitting a reflective report with clear reflective comments regarding developments and actions during the module and a clear plan for future development|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||4,500-5,000 extended coursework based on the allocated topic presented in report format||500-1,000 word reflective report|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Holborn, G. & Engle, G. (2001) Butterworths Legal Research Guide, 2nd edn. Oxford: OUP LexisNexisUK
McConville, M. & Chui, WH (2007) Research Methods in Law, Edinburgh: Edinburge UP
Knowles, J. (2009) Effective Legal Research,2nd. edn.. London: Sweet & Maxwell
Bell,J, “Doing Your Research Project” Open University Press
Branscomb, HE, “Casting Your Net: a student’s guide to research on the Internet”, Boston MA, Allyn and Bacon
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