Module Details

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Title Research Resources
Code PHIL711
Coordinator Professor SA Hailwood
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


To develop skills of independent research, including use of library resources and electronic databases. To identify key primary and secondary resources relevant to the student's field of research. To develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarly debates relevant to the student's field of research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of library resources, electronic databases and other scholarly resources (where appropriate) for purposes of independent research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate scholarly judgement in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a research project.

(LO3) Students will develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarship, debates and theoretical and/or methodological perspectives in their chosen field of research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S7) Time and project management - Project management

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S10) Information skills - Information accessing: [Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S11) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S12) Research skills - All Information skills

(S13) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility



As a component of the MRes Philosophy programme, this module aims to develop subject-specific knowledge relevant to the student's own field of research. A programme of reading and other forms of research will be developed by the student in collaboration with his or her academic supervisor(s). The supervisor(s) will provide guidance on the programme of research, primarily through individual tutorials, as it develops during the semester. Tutorials take place either face-to-face or through virtual means such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The programme of study undertaken on this module is intended to equip the student with philosophical knowledge and research resources relevant to the dissertation project to be undertaken on PHIL714.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorial
Description: The module is taught by individual tutorials with the student's supervisor (or supervisory team in cases of co-supervision).
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Fortnightly, 1-hour tutorials with academic supervisor(s)

The majority of teaching will be delivered face to face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     6

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 144


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The module is usually assessed through an annotated critical bibliography of a minimum of 10 items related to the student's research. Equivalent assessment may be allowed with the approval of the sup    100       

Recommended Texts

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