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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1095 Independent Study Project 1

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Sally Gibbs

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

Pre-requisite qualifications

40 Credits at Level 1

This module is mutually exclusive with

LLLC1090Negotiated Independent Study

Module replaces

LLLC1090 Negotiated Independent Study 1

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides a framework through which individual students can work independently on an agreed topic. You will gain skills and knowledge in your chosen field as well as ability to manage a basic research project.Your studies will be structured through a written Learning Contract that sets out your subject and the work that you will undertake during the module. As well as the contract, you will produce a written report (5,000 words). Regular meetings with your tutor are a key part of the module so that you are well supported as you develop skills of independent study.


The module will enable students to undertake structured study of a chosen subject in order to extend their knowledge and develop an ability to present and evaluate evidence and ideas.

On successful completion of the module a student will have:
1. written a Learning Contract that articulates the HE level 1 knowledge and skills outcomes listed below in relation to their chosen field of study;
2. implemented the Learning Contract, demonstrating efficiency and autonomy in the management of research, learning and reporting appropriate to HE level 1.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the student should have provided evidence of:
1. familiarity with the basic concepts, information and principles which are standard features of the subject of study;
2. knowledge of the basic techniques of data and information gathering which apply to the subject of study.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module the student should have provided evidence of ability to:

1. design and implement a programme of independent study;
2. present evidence, ideas and arguments clearly and accurately;
3. evaluate and interpret evidence, ideas and arguments;
4. make sound judgements and develop lines of argument using the basic theories, concepts and methods of the subject studied;
5. communicate clearly through written work that follows appropriate conventions of academic writing;
6. exercise skills necessary for taking responsibility for their own learning.


The field of study will be agreed between the tutor and student, subject to the approval of the manager of the programme for which the module is being followed. The Programme manager will consult with the relevant external examiner as appropriate.

At the outset, the student will produce a written learning contract, in consultation with the tutor, which must specify:
- the focus and scope of study
- any additional outcomes in relation to subject-specific knowledge or skills
- the reading, resources and research methods that are to be used
- a schedule for study and submission of course work
- details of the topic and format of assignment tasks and their relationship to learning outcomes.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours195.00
Total Contact hours5.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

195 hours - The independent learning activities to be undertaken by the student will be dictated by the chosen subject and set out in the Learning Contract.

This will also establish a relevant pattern of tutorial meetings to ensure that students receive appropriate support and feedback as their work progresses.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This is achieved through regular tutorial meetings and discussion of progress in relation to the schedule set out in the Learning Contract.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work1,000 word Learning Contract30.00
Written Work5,000 word Project Report70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/04/2012


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