CL3IP-Independent Third Year Project

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Mairs

Email: r.mairs@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
An alternative to the traditional dissertation, which is geared to developing the skills of students with a learning disability.

Aims:
•To give students experience in choosing and developing a topic with a fair degree of independence
•To provide an alternative to CL3DP and CL3DN for students who would be at a disadvantage if they were compelled to compose a traditional dissertation

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be expected to

•Choose, 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 gain experience in the use of IT and databases.

Outline content:
Over the course of autumn and spring terms students produce a portfolio of 4 components.
1. An annotated bibliography of 6 to 10 items (the annotation should consist of about 150 words on each item), to be submitted in the Autumn term (10%)
2. Three presentations of increasing length and sophistication:
• (a) Presentation of primary evidence and relevant scholarship, in the Autumn term (10%)
• (b) In-depth discussion of the research topic, based on evidence and contextualised in relevant scholarship, in the Spring term (20%)
• (c) Presentation of main new findings and outline of potential for future research, in the Spring term (30%)
Depending on the student’s needs, presentations may be made to individuals or groups. At least one of the presentations should include an electronic presentation and at least one should include a poster. Presentations may also include films with voice-over.
3. A write-up of the project of 2K words, outlining its aims and main findings. An additional 1K words will provide critical reflection on the project overall. To be submitted on the first day of the Summer term (20%)
4. A reading log, to be submitted on the first day of the Summer term, outlining the primary and secondary reading that has been done over the year, including critical reflections on the matters covered in those publications. Material from the autumn term annotated bibliography should not be repeated. (10%)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will proceed via individual supervisions. Students will also be expected to attend the workshops for CL3DN and CL3DP.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4 4
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 293 96
       
Total hours by term 300.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 60

Other information on summative assessment:
Over the course of autumn and spring terms students produce a portfolio of 4 components.
1. An annotated bibliography of 6 to 10 items (the annotation should consist of about 150 words on each item), to be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday week 4 of Autumn term (10%)
2. Three presentations of increasing length and sophistication:
• (a) Presentation of primary evidence and relevant scholarship, in the Autumn term (10%)
• (b) In-depth discussion of the research topic, based on evidence and contextualised in relevant scholarship, in the Spring term (20%)
• (c) Presentation of main new findings and outline of potential for future research, in the Spring term (30%)
Depending on the student’s needs, presentations may be made to individuals or groups. At least one of the presentations should include an electronic presentation and at least one should include a poster. Presentations may also include films with voice-over.
3. A write-up of the project of 2K words, outlining its aims and main findings. An additional 1K words will provide critical reflection on the project overall. To be submitted by 12 noon on the first day of Summer term (20%)
4. A reading log, to be submitted by 12 noon on the first day of Summer term, outlining the primary and secondary reading that has been done over the year, including critical reflections on the matters covered in those publications. (10%)

Formative assessment methods:
Listed under Autumn term above are three hours of practical classes and workshops which are held in Summer Term of Part 2 and students are also expected to do 97 hours of guided independent study in this term.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 1st September

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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