Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Dissertation (LLT)

Module summary

Module code: ENGL1135
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Claire Sheridan

Specification

Pre and co requisites

N/A.

Aims

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.
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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.

Assessment

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