Module Details

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Title Dissertation in Irish Studies - Second Semester
Code IRIS310
Coordinator Dr C Downham
Institute of Irish Studies
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 30


To introduce students to a higher level of research and writing than they would meet outside the format of a self-designed and driven research topic;

To teach students a high degree of independence as researchers;

To introduce to students the writing skills (including referencing and bibliography formation) required of a researcher considering taking up post-graduate study.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To equip students for the design and delivery of a major research project.

(LO2) To provide students with the reading and writing skills appropriate to this project.

(LO3) To encourage students to develop their own opinions, in positive engagement with the primary and secondary literature.

(S1) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - influencing skills – argumentation

(S4) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information. Identifying and evaluating information sources

(S5) Research skills - awareness of / commitment to academic integrity

(S6) Information skills - record-keeping

(S7) Time and project management - project planning

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - creative thinking

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

(S10) Information skills - critical reading



Minimum of four supervisory meetings with independent study.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - supervision.
Regular meetings between student and supervisor will help students to consider issues of independent time management and structuring of work outside the classroom or seminar format. Work is subsequently submitted by students to build, over the course of the academic session, into an original 10,000 word essay. The student works closely with the supervisor, meeting on at least four occasions during the year to discuss progress. Students may also receive feedback from their supervisor on a first draft of a chapter of piece of work to be submitted by a pre-agreed date.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           4

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 296


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Dissertation. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -10000 words    100       

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