Module Details

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Code HLAC501
Coordinator Dr G Mercero Altzugarai
Modern Languages and Cultures
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 120


To provide the guidance and support to allow the student to complete a major piece of independent study to a high standard;

To encourage the student to develop as a member of a scholarly research community through providing opportunitie to integrate within that community.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By completing a project successfully the student will have made a contribution to scholarly research and / or methodological development in their chosen field.

(LO2) The student will have gained a good understanding of the conventions of scholarly research in their area of study and be able to work appropriately within these conventions.

(LO3) The student will have demonstrated a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

(LO4) The student will have demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems and ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing a project to a high level of competency.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

(S9) Research skills - Ethical awareness

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience



The research design and framework are developed and established through the corequisite module HLAC503/4 and the subject or discipline-specific theory module. HLAC501 provides the framework for completion of the dissertation through independent with appropriate supervisory input. Supervisors will set a timetable which includes the regular submission of written work, including, in particular, a paper for the School's PGR conference in May and a chapter (or equivalent) which will be reviewed internally by academic staff and discussed with the student. These elements are intended to mirror the early doctoral student experience and thus encourage the integration of the student within the research community.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Supervision
Description: One-to-one supervisory sessions provide a supportive forum in which to carry the project research work to completion. These sessions promote and encourage the student to position themselves as an independent researcher within their chosen field of study.
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: The exact timing and duration of supervisory sessions will be through agreement between student and supervisor(s), and in line with the School's expectations for the supervisory arrangements in place for first year PhD students.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           30

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 1170


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Extended research project which will be a contribution to knowledge in the field There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessmen  25000-30000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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