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2010/11 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3372 Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 99


Module manager: Dr Bonnie Latimer

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

Year running 2010/11

Pre-requisite qualifications

Submission of approved proposal to Dissertation Tutor by agreed deadline preceding start of module.
Please note: This module is restricted to Level 3 students.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The dissertation is an opportunity for students to develop personal intellectual interests and to gain experience of project management and academic research skills. It is provided through a combination of large-group lectures and small-group and individual teaching with subject-appropriate staff.


This module encourages independent, self-directed learning, providing a culmination to the research strand emphasised in other modules. It fosters a wide variety of responses to the challenges it offers students, since any dissertation might take one of a number of forms. Most importantly, it promotes academic creativity and the exploration of individual intellectual interests.

Learning outcomes
Students will emerge with knowledge appropriate to the individual subjects of their projects, but also endowed with skills, which include project management, time management, research, and academic writing and referencing.

Skills outcomes
Research skills particular to English language and literary studies; referencing and presentational skills; management of a literary or related argument; possibly, experience of working between literary/ language studies and another humanities discipline


The syllabus for this module is necessarily flexible to accommodate the wide variety of projects it covers; essentially, though, it comprises whole-module lectures by appropriate staff, covering generic skills, and subject-specific workshops and tutorials in smaller groups, as well as opportunities for individual feedback.

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 hours387.50
Total Contact hours12.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students on this module will be expected to undertake significant research independently, including using the library and online resources, and to engage in self-directed reading, planning, and writing. These activities will account for the vast majority of hours of study for this module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The monitoring of student progress on this module will take place through the required submission of unassessed pieces of work to supervisors at strategic points during the module. These will include a proposal, a formal plan of work and title, and a writing sample, as well as oral reports on progress. There are mechanisms in place to allow individual supervisors to flag up potential problems with individual students at appropriate stages in the module.

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
Essay10,000 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: 24/03/2011


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