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BA English Language and French

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:

Unit code LELA30000
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Linguistics & English Language
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit is a guided research module, in which the student submits a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject of their own choosing. A dissertation supervisor provides guidance as to research methods, writing skills and analysis of data. The student is expected to identify and develop a dissertation topic appropriate to the scale of the project which is focused into a specific research question providing scope to explore the most sophisticated kind of evaluative and critical issues. Thus, this course unit affords the student the opportunity to design and undertake a research project, and will involve significant independent research. The first three lectures will address important training issues and the technical aspects of writing a dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes: On successful completion of the course the student will have shown the ability to design a subject of research and develop a written argument of depth and complexity, using primary sources and critical literature, with a standard of scholarly presentation of the material produced appropriate to Level 3 study.

Transferable skills: i) To communicate a coherent and critical argument of depth and complexity in written form; ii) in the event that group work is appropriate, to work with peer group support and share the research experience; iii) to engage in significant independent research and design a large research project.

Teaching and learning methods

Individual and/or group meetings, independent research.

Assessment methods

Introduction and literature review to be assessed as pass/fail (non-submission or failure will reduce the overall mark by 5 marks).

Chapter outlines to be assessed as pass/fail (non-submission or failure will reduce the overall mark by 5 marks).

One draft chapter to be assessed as pass/fail (non-submission or failure will reduce the overall mark by 5 marks).

Final version of dissertation (12,000 words including notes but excluding bibliography and any appendices approved by supervisor). The final version of the dissertation counts for 100% (subject to the deductions for non-submission of the preliminary assessments).

Deadlines for assessed coursework:
Introduction and literature review: Friday Week 8, Semester 1
Chapter outlines: Friday Week 12, Semester One draft chapter: Friday Week 4, Semester 2
Dissertation: Friday Week 12, Semester 2


Feedback methods

Feedback Comments made by your tutor during individual or group meetings;
Written and/or oral feedback on introduction and literature review assessment, to be given by week 10 of semester 1;
Written and/or oral feedback on the chapter outlines assessment, to be given by week 1 of semester 2;
Written and/or oral feedback on one draft chapter submitted by week 3 of semester 2, to be given by week 5 of semester 2.

Recommended reading


Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniele Leggio Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Enrolment procedure: Students must submit their dissertation topic proposal form to the discipline area Undergraduate Support Officer in June preceding the academic year in which they want to start work on their dissertation (normally the second year). It is expected that students will have already thought about a potential topic before beginning the course module. Only students who average at least 60% in their second year will be allowed to register for a dissertation (special provisions will be made for students who take first sits during the August resit period). Students are allowed to submit a first and reserve proposal, which must be clearly marked as such. Students have to specify a potential supervisor for each proposal. Each member of staff provides a list of areas in which they are willing to supervise. The course convenor will coordinate distribution of proposals and allocation of supervisors. Staff consider the proposals they have received, and decide which of them they wish to accept,
interviewing students if necessary. Students whose dissertation proposals are rejected will have to register for other course units.

In cases in which a supervisor has more than one student, there may be a group-work component to the course unit. Any such groups will normally be 3-6 students, who may meet to discuss research findings and review each other's work, under the guidance of their supervisor. Additionally, students will have one to one meetings with their supervisor.

Supervision by a member of staff as appropriate.

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