ENMCHE-Post-Graduate Diploma Essay

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Karin Lesnik-Oberstein

Email: k.b.lesnik-oberstein@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide the student with the option of writing a 4000 word, thirty credit, research essay instead of the 20000 word dissertation, in order to obtain a Post-Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature instead of the MA in Children’s Literature. This module aims to enable students to conceive and select an appropriate topic on which to write a research essay; to develop and utilize advanced research skills, and to apply where appropriate those acquired on other modules; to develop and apply analytical and interpretative skills and appropriate close critical approaches to their chosen research topic; and to produce a clearly written, coherently argued and well-presented research essay.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected students will be able to:

  • write a well conceived, clearly written, coherently and closely argued, and well-presented essay that demonstrates their ability to utilize and apply advanced research and analytical skills.

Additional outcomes:
This module will encourage students to formulate questions and recognise relevant problems and complexities, to examine and question their own assumptions and arguments, and to analyse arguments made by others in terms of their assumptions and claims.

Outline content:

The research essay will be written on a subject chosen by the student in consultation with the Programme Director and the essay supervisor, and subject to the approval of the Programme Director

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 10
Guided independent study 290
Total hours by term 300.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One 4000 word piece of written work.

Formative assessment methods:
Students must produce a 4,000 word research essay on a topic of their own choice within the topic of children's literature. The specifc title will be determined by the student in consultation with their supervisor and the Programme Director.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
If the student submits an unsatisfactory coursework essay or assignment, the student will be allowed to re-submit the piece once more after tutorial consultation.

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: 20 April 2018


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