Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: IT3DC Preparation for Dissertation (Italian and Classical Studies)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Mairs


Summary module description:

The Dissertation is designed to develop students' independent skills in the formulation, research and scholarly presentation of an extended and substantial literary-critical or cultural-historical argument that draws on expertise acquired in both disciplines

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the Dissertation students will be expected to:
•show an ability to plan, organize and carry out a substantial piece of independent research
•identify, select and deploy in cogent argument a wide range of appropriate resources and relevant evidence
•demonstrate, where relevant, a confident awareness of, and engagement with, critical and theoretical debates surrounding the selected topic
•exercise skills of editing, proof-reading and formal presentation to high standards of scholarly accuracy

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the modules students will also be able to
•use a variety of IT resources (including word-processing software and on-line information resources)
•organize their time effectively

Outline content:
The Dissertation is a compulsory element in the joint Classical Studies and Italian degree; it continues the preparatory work involved in IT3DC. It provides students with the challenge of producing an extended piece of independent literary or cultural-historical criticism on a topic arising from their own interests and related to knowledge and skills acquired in both departments. The acceptable range of topics is extremely wide, and may include such projects as a comparative analysis of two or more authors, the reception of (a) classical authors in Italy, an enquiry into aspects of form, style, genre or literary movement, the application of a particular methodology to selected materials, the influence of the classical world in later Italian culture, etc. The only restrictions on choice are that the topic must be capable of substantive critical development, and that, while the topic may relate to or grow out of work previously undertaken, it must not overlap unduly with taught materials covered in other modules the student has taken.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
For the procedures for starting work on the dissertation, see the module description for IT3DC. On return from their year abroad students should make contact with their supervisors in each department and confirm what progress they have made on their dissertation. They may have a total of 8 hours supervision for their dissertations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4 4
Guided independent study 196 196
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The work for this module consists of a dissertation of no more than 10,000 words, including footnotes but excluding bibliographies, to be submitted on the first day of the Summer term.

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission bt 1st September

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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