Core Module Information
Module title: Topical Study

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG09112
Module leader: Christine Penman
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

Students choose under guidance a research topic to be investigated and written up while they are living abroad. The topical study is written in the European language which the student is studying and deals with an issue of local interest or importance. Students have to conduct field research either by interviewing local inhabitants or by collecting and analysing opinions on an issue of cultural interest. The aim is to enable students to gain a greater understanding of the foreign culture, either through the analysis of personal interviews or of mediated comments.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: apply language skills to investigate a topic or issue of cultural significance linked to a foreign destination
LO2: identify an issue of local concern which is documented in local news or announcements and affords the opportunity to explore the Target audience inquisitively and independently including conversing/discussing with local inhabitants or collecting opinions through online discussions and forums
LO3: Display ability to collate material from primary and secondary sources and critically evaluate it in a compact format
LO4: write up findings in the target language in report form, using own words and following a clear and explicit structure, with attention paid to quality of language (lexis, grammar, register).
LO5: Reflect on the experience of researching and writing on that issue of cultural significance

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Christine Penman
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The emphasis is on student autonomy. With the support and guidance of their tutor,
students are expected to identify and research a current topic related to their main
language and/or the place in which they are studying while abroad. This allows them to
develop their language skills within the context of a research project on a topic which is
of particular interest or relevance to them. The independent research, using authentic
materials in the form of websites, news media and books in the foreign language allows
students to deepen their language skills. The requirement for primary research is either
in the form of interviews that students have to use their language actively in authentic
situations or in the identification and analysis of mediated online comments on a
particular cultural topic. The process of writing up the research further develops their
linguistic skills.
Clear guidelines are given and discussed with the students.The role of the tutor is to
guide the research process and advise. The students receive feedback on the outline of
their proposed research and a draft of their report. Finally, the reflective element allows
the student to reflect on how the process contributed to the development of their
research and writing skills.

Formative Assessment:
The students are offered two main opportunities to obtain formative feedback : feedback
on an outline of the proposed research and feedback on a draft of the final report.


Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is through a report and a reflective commentary.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 80 1,2,3, 4 14/15 , WORDS= 5000
Report 20 5 16 , WORDS= 700
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Christine Penman
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The emphasis is on student autonomy. With the support and guidance of their tutor, students are expected to identify and research a current topic related to their main language and/or the place in which they are studying while abroad. This allows them to develop their language skills within the context of a research project on a topic which is of particular interest or relevance to them. The independent research, using authentic materials in the form of websites, news media and books in the foreign language allows students to deepen their language skills. The requirement for primary research is either in the form of interviews that students have to use their language actively in authentic situations or in the identification and analysis of mediated online comments on a particular cultural topic. The process of writing up the research further develops their linguistic skills.
Clear guidelines are given and discussed with the students.The role of the tutor is to guide the research process and advise. The students receive feedback on the outline of their proposed research and a draft of their report. Finally, the reflective element allows the student to reflect on how the process contributed to the development of their research and writing skills.


Formative Assessment:
The students are offered two main opportunities to obtain formative feedback : feedback on an outline of the proposed research and feedback on a draft of the final report.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is through a report and a reflective commentary.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 80 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Report 20 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 700
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Topical Study