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MODL3300 Final Year Project: Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Stephan Petzold
Email: s.petzold@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop research and writing skills through a dissertation on a topic of their own choice, within the available fields, and refined in consultation with an academic member of staff. The dissertation may be written in either English or, subject to the approval of the Module Leader and project supervisor, the Target Language. Lectures and workshops provide the skills training necessary, whereas more specific guidance is provided through one to one supervision with a member of staff.

Objectives

- To provide students with the opportunity to carry out a research project on a clearly-defined topic of their choice with support and guidance from a supervisor
- To further develop core research skills (critical analysis, methodological skills, evaluation of primary and secondary material, accessing library material)
- To enhance autonomous learning skills (organisation and self-management of an extended research project)
- To encourage a capacity for independent analysis, thought and criticism

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:

Research design:
- design and execute a research project, using appropriate methodology to address a problem in depth, drawing on appropriate primary and secondary source material
- situate the research project within the relevant discipline through engaging with the existing scholarship on the topic
- choose and justify methods appropriate to exploring the topic in depth
- select and gather primary materials suitable for the chosen topic


Research and analysis:
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic
- construct a coherent and fluent argument in a clear and structured way
- manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way
- analyse and evaluate primary materials critically demonstrating an awareness of strengths and limitations of methodology
- summarise, synthesise and integrate effectively ideas from the secondary literature to inform analysis of primary data

Presentation and Project Management:
- present findings in an extended written report, conforming to the academic standards of the discipline with regard to style, conventions for presenting information, and intellectual and academic integrity
- manage time independently, in order to deliver a complex and extended project by an agreed deadline


Syllabus

The FYP training programme consists of lectures, workshops, milestone tasks and supervision meetings that is designed to guide students through the research process from project design to completion. Lectures explain key aspects of designing, conducting and completing the FYP. Workshops provide subject-specific guidance and support the use of a range of research methods. Students regularly meet with their supervisor to discuss progress and receive feedback.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings50.502.50
Lecture61.006.00
Private study hours391.50
Total Contact hours8.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students will pursue structured independent research on a chosen topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback


Student will discuss their progress with and receive feedback from supervisors at progress scheduled supervision meetings throughout the year. They will receive feedback on a number of written milestone tasks that students submit in advance of supervision meetings (these include a research proposal and a 2000-word writing sample).

Students will also be encouraged to meet regularly in peer groups to develop and benefit from peer learning.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 26/09/2018

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