Module Details

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Code ENGL311
Coordinator Prof D Seed
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30


To give students the opportunity to carry out independent study at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a topic of interest to them.

To build on students' existing research skills and their knowledge base from other modules.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Work independently.

(LO2) Apply appropriate writing and presentation skills.

(LO3) Construct an original argument, to arrive at explicitly justified interpretations and conclusions.

(LO4) Identify and survey the relevant scholarly field in relation to the topic, and apply as appropriate.

(LO5) Identify and apply research methodology appropriate to the topic.

(LO6) Identify a viable topic for research within the formal parameters of the project and formulate a research question of appropriate scope.

(S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

(S2) Research skills - All Information skills

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S5) Time and project management - Project management

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – envisioning

(S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

(S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S10) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice



1. Your topic should be selected so as to extend the knowledge and skills acquired in taught modules, but without duplicating material covered in those modules.

2. You cannot take the dissertation in English (in any mode) AND the SOTA300 Volunteering and Work Experience module. If you have taken the SOTA module at level 2 or 3, you cannot opt for a dissertation at level 3.

3. Normally students are expected to submit an enhanced proposal or outline of their project to their supervisors by the end of week 4, having had at least one meeting prior to this. For language students whose project requires ethical approval, this submission should take the form of a completed Research Protocol. This protocol/outline should be submitted with the final Dissertation, in both the electronic and hardcopy submissions.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: There are two lectures on this module - 1) a lecture that gives guidance on dissertation-writing in general terms (structure, scope, time planning, etc), and 2) a lecture by the School of Arts liaison librarian that gives guidance on specific resources within the Library useful for researching your dissertation.

Teaching Method 2 - Other
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: One-to-one supervision on an English dissertation consists of 3 hours allocated contact time. However, the precise division of these hours should be determined by you and your supervisor in consultation. You might both want purely face-to-face meetings, or you might want some of the time to be taken in looking at draft work, or you may mutually decide contact will be primarily by e-mail. Part of the skill of a dissertation is in forming a relationship with your supervisor which respects the time commitm ents and working methods of both of you.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 2


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 295


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :1  10,000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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