Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Dissertation Preparation Project
Code ENGL701
Coordinator Dr AP Broadhead
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


The aim of this module is for students to set out the main lines of a research enquiry, its divisions and possible resources, and to undertake independent research to identify and evaluate key reading and critical contexts for the proposed topic. The object at this stage is not to try to 'solve' or 'conclude' or 'cover' the proposed topic: a much more thorough-going examination of the topic will be proper to the dissertation itself. The module also aims to help students develop public speaking skills and digital skills through the creation of an audio-visual recording. In order to qualify for a degree in a named pathway (Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary or Science Fiction), the subject of their assignment for this module must be on a relevant author(s).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain the ability to read, analyse, interpret and compare with competence and independence a wide variety of literary texts

(LO2) Students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of techniques for accessing electronic and bibliographic sources

(LO3) Students will gain the ability to use scholarly referencing and bibliographic conventions appropriate for advanced literary scholarship

(LO4) Students will gain new skills fostering continued independent learning and a critical appreciation of complex issues within the broader context of the Arts and Humanities

(LO5) Students will gain research skills enabling critical evaluation of different research methodologies and selection of appropriate methodologies

(LO6) research skills to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively in order to generate new and independent research

(S1) Students will gain a systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current debates and new insights within the field of literature and its contexts

(S2) Students will gain an advanced critical and analytical skills in relation to diverse forms of discourse

(S3) Students will gain advanced literacy, interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences

(S4) Students will gain the ability to autonomously design and self-direct an extended research project

(S5) Students will gain the ability to comprehensively understand and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to literature

(S6) Students will gain the ability to handle complex information and argument in a critical, creative and self-reflective manner

(S7) Students will gain the ability to use IT and other relevant tools and resources to present written and oral work to a professional, scholarly standard

(S8) Students will gain advanced skills and experience in selecting and using electronic and/or archival resources for planning and undertaking research and writing

(S9) Students will gain organisational skills in managing time and workloads, and in meeting deadlines



As this is a project, students direct their own subject-specific reading, but reading material will be made available for tutorial and/or seminar discussion on aspects of designing and planning a dissertation, such as how to find a research topic, formulating a research question, searching and reviewing existing scholarship, writing style and process, structuring the dissertation and editing.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learning and teaching methods consist of (a) seminars (b) tutorials (c) a mini-conference, wherein students will deliver the oral presentation that comprises the formative assessment for this module (duration of the mini-conference will vary according to student numbers) and (d) self-directed learning hours, in which students conduct initial primary and secondary research to choose and then develop a research project and prepare for the assessments.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   7



Timetable (if known)   60 mins X 1 totaling 7
60 mins X 1 totaling 3
    120 mins X 1 totaling 2
Private Study 138


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Oral presentation outlining scope, structure, research questions/issues of planned dissertation, to be delivered to an audience of peers and staff.  15-20 minutes         
Audio-visual presentation (e.g. narrated slideshow, video) based on oral presentation, revised I light of feedback, with self-reflective commentary  15-20 minutes    100       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.