|Staff||Florian Stadtler - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 11 weeks;|
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to test your learning, display your subject knowledge and methodological skills, and explore in detail a topic that interests you. You are encouraged to begin to think about your dissertation during the first term of study and to develop and submit an initial proposal by the end of term two (for part-time students, by the second term of the second year of study). Once the initial proposal has been submitted, you are assigned a supervisor with interests and knowledge appropriate to the chosen topic. Dissertation workshop lectures in terms two and three and a dissertation conference provide you with guidance as you refine these plans and bring your research to completion.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Analyse at an advanced level cultural productions, concepts and theories appropriate to your chosen area of enquiry.
- 2. Critically evaluate at an advanced level current research in the discipline and in your chosen area of enquiry.
- 3. Deploy at an advanced level a range of research techniques and methodologies appropriate to the discipline and to your chosen area of enquiry.
- 4. Present your dissertation in accordance with the norms and conventions appropriate to the discipline.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse cultural productions of the chosen period and relate their concerns and their modes of expression to their historical and / or cultural contexts, and where relevant, an ability to devise, research, and execute a programme of archival research.
- 6. Demonstrate an advanced and autonomous ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas and concepts, and, where appropriate, interdisciplinary intersections, tracing the development of debates across disciplinary boundaries.
- 7. Demonstrate an advanced and precise ability to work from the detail of literary and/or film texts, with a full appreciation of their formal and aesthetic aspects.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. Through the dissertation proposal, presentation and the dissertation, demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills, an advanced and intellectually mature capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and to write clear and correct prose
- 9. Through research for the dissertation proposal, presentation and the dissertation, demonstrate an advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis
- 10. Through the dissertation proposal, presentation and the dissertation, demonstrate an advanced and intellectually mature capacity to question assumptions, to distinguish between fact and opinion, and to critically reflect on your own learning process
- Term 2: Beginning and Developing a Dissertation Topic Workshop Lecture
- Pathway Specific Workshops – Developing and Refining a Dissertation Proposal
- Term 3: Presenting your Dissertation Topic Workshop Lecture, Dissertation Conference
- July and August: Two Optional Writing Cafés
You are entitled to three one-hour supervision meetings with your dissertation supervisor and it is your responsibility to contact the supervisor to arrange the meetings. The first meeting should take place early on in the process to discuss your research to date as well as the scope and the content of the dissertation. In the second, the supervisor will give detailed feedback on an extended dissertation proposal that you submit to your supervisor after the dissertation conference. The final supervision should be used to discuss the remaining sections of the dissertation and it should take place later on in the writing process, and in response to an extract of the dissertation. Supervisors can offer formative feedback on up to 5,000 words.
Supervision can take place in a range of formats (for example, face to face, online, or by phone). It is expected that the formal supervision process will be concluded by 31 July. Since the dissertation is an independent study project, supervisors should not provide any substantial assistance after this date but they will be available to answer questions by email.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||3||Workshop Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||3||Supervisions to be arranged by student|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||8||Dissertation Conference|
|Guided independent study||586||Research, reading and preparation of dissertation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Presentation||10-15 minutes||8-10||Staff and Peer Feedback|
|Extended Proposal/Plan and written extract||Up to 5,000||1-10||Written feedback with tutorial follow up|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dissertation||100||15,000 words||1-10||Written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Delia Da Sousa Correa, et al, eds. The Handbook to Literary Research, 2nd ed., Routledge, 2010.
- Aceme Nyika. Postgraduate Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide for PhD and Master's Students and Their Supervisors, Caister Academic Press, 2018.
- Stephen Potter, Doing Postgraduate Research, The Open University in association with SAGE Publications, 2006.
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