EN3PJDA-Joint Dissertation - English and History of Art (Part-time)

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer / Autumn / Spring module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Chloe Houston

Email: c.houston@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The Dissertation is designed to develop students’ independent skills in the formulation, research and scholarly presentation of an extended and substantial critical argument that draws on expertise or concepts and arguments acquired from 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 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 his or her time effectively.

Outline content:
The Dissertation is a compulsory element in the English and History of Art degree. It provides students with the challenge of producing an extended piece of independent 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, providing that the study makes or examines a link between literature and visual art. Aside from this basic requirement, 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:
While the preparatory workshop on dissertation skills is organized in the Summer term after the completion of 240 credits, the module consists primarily of independent study and writing. After consultation with their personal tutor/ liaison officer, students submit a form to English with a proposed title by the end of the Summer term. Students will be assigned two supervisors, one in English and one in History of Art. The approved title plus the name of the supervisors to whom the student is assigned will be posted by the beginning of the Autumn term. Students should meet their supervisors to receive preliminary guidance and bibliographic advice during the Autumn term. Thereafter, students are entitled to four supervision sessions. Both supervisors will read and comment on one draft only of the Dissertation, provided that it is submitted by a date specified by English.

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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: 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.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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