LONG DISSERTATION - 2021/2
Module code: LAN3003
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This is a FHEQ Level 6 module for Modern Languages students. It is taken over Autumn and Spring semesters, with contact hours arranged individually between student and supervisor. It allows students to undertake a long research project in one of their target languages.
School of Literature and Languages
MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 30
ECTS Credits: 15
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
120 credits at FHEQ Level 5
Content will be determined by the student, in collaboration with a supervisor.
Students will select an area of research, often related to their PTY experience, related to the language in which they are writing. This will often be related to their PTY experience.They will then develop the project in an appropriate way, either as an empirical or theoretical piece of research.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation)||Dissertation (8000 words)||80|
|Oral exam or presentation||Oral presentation and discussion||20|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
• Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
• Ability to develop and defend a sound argument;
• Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
• Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
• Subject-specific knowledge of a specific area of their studies.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Dissertation (8000 words). This enables the student to demonstrate their research skills, ability to use accurate academic register in target language, presentation skills, and depth of understanding and knowledge of their subject.
• Oral presentation and discussion (15 minutes). Enables students to demonstrate their ability to speak fluently and accurately in target language on their chosen subject and engage in discussion with unknown audience on the subject.
Formative assessment will take place during supervision sessions, when supervisors will give guidance on how to improve drafts of work. Students will also submit an outline of work and 2000 words.
Supervisors will give written and verbal feedback on interim submissions during the supervision meetings.
- Give students the opportunity to pursue a specific interest in depth in one target language.
- Develop skills in independent research, analysis, critical thinking, writing and guided independent study.
- Develop skills in time management.
- Build on the communication skills and oral proficiency acquired during the PT year.
|001||Formulate succinct and relevant ‘research questions’ or identify a relevant topic for research||CKP|
|002||Select research methods appropriate to their research questions and/or topic and use these methods effectively||CKP|
|003||Critically analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data||CKPT|
|004||Present research findings in an appropriate format, constructing reasoned arguments and exercising critical judgement||CKPT|
|005||Confidently follow referencing conventions in target language||PT|
|006||Work independently, over a sustained period of time, managing their time effectively||PT|
|007||Write extensively in target language in an academic register||CPT|
|008||Demonstrate presentation skills in producing dissertation||PT|
|009||Give a formal oral presentation to an unknown and informed audience||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Personal Tutorial Hours: 8
Independent Study Hours: 292
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
• Enable students to deepen explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through reading in the target language;
• Encourage learner autonomy through undertaking an individual research project;
• Develop research skills through reading and presenting findings in the dissertation;
• Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products through individual research.
• Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject under investigation.
The learning and teaching methods include:
• Up to six scheduled meetings with a supervisor, where the student can seek advice and guidance, and discuss ideas and plans to take the project forward. Supervision meetings must be spread evenly over the year.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Optional||A 40% weighted aggregate with one or more units of assessments having to be passed at 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and French BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Optional||A 40% weighted aggregate with one or more units of assessments having to be passed at 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Optional||A 40% weighted aggregate with one or more units of assessments having to be passed at 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Optional|
|Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Optional|
|English Literature and French BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Compulsory|
|English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Compulsory|
|English Literature with German BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Compulsory|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.