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English Language: Dissertation Project

  • Module code: EN6001
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: Year 6
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Level 5 English Language courses
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module provides the opportunity for students to prepare a sustained piece of independent research in the field of English Language and Communication. The course begins with a programme of dissertation and research interactive lectures which provide introductory advice on how to undertake independent work at this level. Students work with a subject specialist supervisor to develop and produce an extended research essay on a topic of research they have agreed with the teaching team via the submission of a dissertation proposal. All students present their work at a student conference to be held at the end of the second teaching block.

 

 

Aims

To provide an opportunity for students:

  • To work independently on a specialist area of research
  • To exercise and deploy knowledge and skills acquired in earlier stages of the programme
  • To focus in depth on a specific and discrete topic in a given field
  • To develop and sustain a thesis, within a guiding theoretical framework.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth knowledge of contemporary theory and research in the chosen area of study.
  • An ability to develop a detailed and logical argument within a limited space and frame of reference;
  • An ability to organise their work effectively and independently over a period of time, with limited supervision;
  • An ability to formulate and pursue a topic of their own choosing, to structure their own work and to search out and use their own resources and research material. Where appropriate, this should involve both primary and secondary sources.
  • Originality in their handling of this material.
  • An ability to present their research individually as part of a conference.

 

Curriculum content

  • Introductory advice on how to undertake a research project.
  • What is a dissertation? 
  • Designing research questions 
  • Writing your literature review 
  • Research methods 
  • Writing up your dissertation 
  • Presentation Skills 

Teaching and learning strategy

This module is delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars, interactive lectures and tutorials, as well as guided independent study. Lectures are designed to introduce students to the key skills involved in successful completion and presentation of a research project.  Individual and small group tutorials will guide the student in their specific topic.

All students will take part in a student conference in the second semester.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive KIS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching 5 two-hour interactive lectures 10
Scheduled learning and teaching Individual or small group supervision 10
Scheduled learning and teaching Student conference 8
Guided independent study Guided independent study and preparation for assessment 272
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Milestones logbook: 10%

Poster Presentation: 20%

Extended essay/dissertation: 70%

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
An in-depth knowledge of contemporary theory and research in the chosen area of study. Formatively via feedback in seminars and tutorials. Summatively via extended essay
An ability to develop a detailed and logical argument within a limited space and frame of reference. Formatively via feedback in seminars and tutorials. Summatively via extended essay
An ability to organize their work effectively and independently over a period of time, with limited supervision Formatively via feedback in seminars and tutorials. Summatively via module logbook
Originality in their handling of research material. Formatively via feedback in seminars and tutorials. Summatively via extended essay
An ability to present their research individually as part of a conference. Formatively via seminar presentations. Summatively via conference presentation
An ability to formulate and pursue a topic of their own choosing, to structure their own work and to search out and use their own resources and research material. Where appropriate, this should involve both primary and secondary sources. Formatively via feedback in seminars and tutorials, and via submission of annotated bibliography. Summatively via module logbook.

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Name Assessment Weighting
CWK Log book 10
PRC Presentation 20
CWK Extended essay 70
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

 

Sealey, A. (2010) Researching English language: a resource book for students.Oxford: Routledge.

Walliman, N. (2004) Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success.  London: Sage.

Wray, A. and Bloomer, A. (2006)  Projects in linguistics: a practical guide to researching language.  London: Arnold.

 

Bibliography recommended reading

The student has the responsibility of compiling a bibliography specifically relating to the dissertation topic, with the assistance of a supervisor.

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