Module title: Dissertation [English & Acting]

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CLP10122
Module leader: Emily Alder
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Module Code: CLP09129
Module Title: Cultural and Literary Theory
Examples of Equivalent Learning: Any SCQF level 9 module in critical theory

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Scott Lyall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches. The programme of lectures and workshops includes guidance on research process, methods, critical analysis and argument relevant to this level of study (LOs 1,2,3,5,6). Your supervisor works closely with you on a regular, one-to-one basis to set goals, monitor progress and provide general and specific advice on research strategy, framing research questions and scholarly writing (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6). Lectures and workshops also offer you opportunities to discuss with your peers and to share information and strategies under the guidance of tutors. Moodle is used to provide detailed guidance notes and examples of all parts of the dissertation process, including successful sample dissertations from previous years.

Formative Assessment:
Dissertation modules necessarily blend formative and summative assessment. Opportunity is available to workshop the dissertation proposal, which is submitted early in trimester 1; this will result in the allocation of the dissertation supervisor. The dissertation supervisor’s role throughout the process is to give formative feedback, by arrangement with the student on an ongoing basis, in the form of face-to-face meetings and commentary on chapter drafts. This approach offers the opportunity to develop your autonomy in terms both of project and process.

Summative Assessment:
The submission of a summatively-assessed literature review at the end of trimester 1 (LOs 1,2,3,4,6) ensures that you develop a secure knowledge of the field at an appropriate stage in the process. Material from the literature review may form part of the final dissertation, which is submitted at the end of trimester 2 (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 380
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Dissertation 90 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module comprises a programme of lectures and workshops, primarily in trimester 1. The programme is likely to include topics such as: how to submit an effective proposal; working with sources at an advanced level; constructing effective titles and arguments; how to write an effective abstract. You will also have opportunities to view and discuss previous dissertations that ‘work’.

Drawing on these skills, by the end of trimester 1 you will write a 3000 word literature review to demonstrate that you have done appropriate groundwork in your chosen area of study. The literature review will be a key component in your research process as you undertake independent study under supervision to produce a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic appropriate to your programme of study (Trimesters 1 & 2).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise issues or problems of relevance to your programme of study.
LO2: Develop research questions appropriate to the topic.
LO3: Synthesise and critically evaluate evidence from literary, contextual, critical or theoretical sources.
LO4: Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the topic.
LO5: Plan and complete a major, self-managed project within a given timeframe.
LO6: Devise an appropriate form with which to present analysis and arguments.

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