CL3YDI-Dissertation Preparation (Italian and Classical Studies)

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Mairs


Summary module description:
A dissertation preparation module.

The aim of the dissertation is to allow students to engage in extended research on an appropriate clearly-delimited topic of their own choosing from any area of Classical Studies and to present their material in a convincing and persuasive manner that enables an educated reader to understand the topic and the issues surrounding it. This module prepares students to undertake all the research needed for their dissertation as well as to plan, organise and synthesise material gathered during their research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be expected to:
• undertake independent research using library and non-library sources (the web, the press, interviews etc.) as appropriate
• show an ability to plan, organise and synthesise material gathered during their research
• present this material with clarity in English, paying due regard to the sequencing of argument, the relevance and range of supportive evidence, and correct use of bibliographies, footnotes and general layout
• demonstrate, where relevant, a confident awareness of and engagement with critical debates surrounding the selected topic
• exercise skills of editing, proof-reading and formal presentation to standards of scholarly accuracy

Additional outcomes:
Students are expected to identify a suitable topic for research in the field of Classical Studies bearing in mind the dissertation word-length, the extent of their existing knowledge of the subject, and the facilities for research available to them while abroad. Students will develop skills of research, planning and time-management.

Outline content:
Students are given introductory training on Dissertation requirements and research techniques in the Summer Term of the year preceding the one in which they go abroad. During the same term they must, after recommended consultation with their Personal Tutor, obtain approval for their topic from a supervisor in the Italian Department, and consult with staff in the Classics Department. An initial meeting or meetings with the supervisor(s) will provide preliminary guidance and bibliographical advice. By the end of the Summer Term all students will be required to submit to their supervisor the proposed title of their dissertation, a 500 word research proposal, and a preliminary bibliography. During their year abroad, they will continue research and initial writing on their dissertation project.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Workshops, individual supervision, and individual research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 2
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Year aboad 95 100
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
NB: The mark for CL3YDI is the same as the mark given for CL3DCI, Dissertation Completion.

Formative assessment methods:
Individual supervisions

Listed under Autumn term above are 2 hours project supervision and 3 hours of practical classes and workshops which occur in the preceeding Part 2 Summer term.

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:
    Resubmission in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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