Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Dissertation (LLT)

Module summary

Module code: ENGL1135
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Claire Sheridan


Pre and co requisites



This course provides an opportunity to students to apply knowledge and understanding acquired during taught courses in the fields of literature and theatre to investigate a specific and related topic.
The dissertation will equip students with the fundamental research and analytical skills required for the completion of this project, their future studies and/or employment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate the generic skills associated with independent learning and more specific knowledge relevant to their chosen field of enquiry.
2 Formulate a relevant research topic of suitable scope, scale and complexity under the guidance of a designated research supervisor.
3 Design an appropriate methodology and an analytical framework in which to locate the research.
4 Critically review the literature related to their area of enquiry and locate their work in the wider debate
5 Critically examine and reflect on historical and theoretical perspectives and their relevance to the student’s research topic.
6 Design, structure and present a coherent and sustained argument.
7 Act upon appropriate guidance from supervisors and other professionals.
8 Present the dissertation in an appropriate form in hard copy.

Indicative content

This is a staged learning experience, which emphasises preparation and guidance throughout the process. Students identify their topic in the second year, submit a request for supervision, and are expected to research over the summer period.
The course has a series of induction sessions which address key skills and expectations. Further supervision is on an individual basis, by an appropriate supervisor.

• Dissertation introduction & acceptance process (including tutorials)
• Five two hour taught sessions in the autumn term, including Library and Information skills.
• Six subject specific tutorials providing feedback and guidance,
• Formative staged assessments (proposals, draft chapters, interim self-assessment - not assessed) submitted via Turnitin as well as directly to supervisor
• Submission of draft dissertation and receipt and acting upon of feedback.

Teaching and learning activity

This alters over the year.
• Lectures, workshops, library sessions.
• Individual tutorials.
• Moodle presence as appropriate
• Turnitin activities as a monitoring and feedback formative assignments.
• Self-evaluations at mid-year and end of year are required.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Dissertation
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting % 100%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 10,000
Outline Details: A 10,000 word dissertation on a topic as agreed in consultation with an academic supervisor.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:Primary evaluation/plan/indicative Bibliography
Grading Mode: N/A
Weighting % N/A
Pass Mark N/A
Word Length 1000
Outline Details: Students answer ten questions about their proposed topic as given in the course handbook, provide a plan and an indicative Bibliography.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:Self-appraisal/Bibliographical review/schedule
Grading Mode: N/A
Weighting % N/A
Pass Mark N/A
Word Length 1500
Outline Details: Students provide a more developed plan in response to earlier feedback along with a revised Bibliography and their schedule for completion of the project.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:Mid-year self-evaluation.
Grading Mode: N/A
Weighting % N/A
Pass Mark N/A
Word Length N/A
Outline Details: Students complete a self-evaluation form provided in the course handbook.

Are students required to pass all components in order to pass the course? Yes