CL3DN-Dissertation in Classics

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CL3DP Preparation for Dissertation in Classics
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Luke Houghton


Summary module description:

This dissertation should allow for in-depth research, explication, and documentation of a topic. Its result should be a piece of original research or, possibly, an original artistic production.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be expected to:
•explore and develop a topic of their own devising

•show that they have acquired the tools necessary to research their topic adequately and to document that research

•be able to present the results of their research both orally and in writing

Additional outcomes:
Students will additionally learn to use web-based resources relevant to their research and acquire IT skills useful for both research and presentation.

Outline content:
Students write one dissertation of no more than 10,000 words and give one oral presentation of no more than 10 minutes, followed by questions. Workshops are provided, which address the development of the topic, finding research materials, and skills of oral and written presentation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The dissertation begins in the Spring and Summer terms of Part 2 when Dissertation Workshops are held. These workshops introduce Part 2 students to the principles of the dissertation exercise. In the Summer term of Part 2, students are enrolled in the co-requisite module CL3DP and asked to propose a dissertation topic to the Classics Department. Following approval of their proposed topic, students meet their allocated supervisor at the end of the Summer term of Part 2 in order to prepare for initial research over the summer vacation. Over the following Autumn and Spring terms, in Part 3, students meet regularly with their supervisor and are encouraged to submit bibliographies, outlines and rough drafts for comment. Students are also advised by their supervisor on the oral presentation. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of the Summer term of Part 3.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 5 5
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 142 145
Total hours by term 150.00 150.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
(1) A dissertation of no more than 10,000 words, including footnotes but excluding bibliographies, to be submitted by 12 noon on the first day of the Summer term in Part 3. (90%)
(2) One oral presentation. (10%)

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on draft plans and bibliographies throughout the process of writing the dissertation.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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:
    Dissertation to be resubmitted in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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