LW3A50C-Dissertation II (ERASMUS students)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites: only available to ERASMUS students
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Chris Newdick

Email: c.newdick@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A dissertation provides the opportunity to undertake independent study of an area agreed with an appropriate supervisor.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to write a major piece of work, the research for which has been undertaken by private study:

Two-term visitor may present a piece of work up to 12,000 words for 10 credits

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that a student will:

  • have a detailed knowledge of the topic of the dissertation;

and will be able to:

  • critically analyse and evaluate the topic;
  • place the subject matter of the dissertation within a wider legal and/or socio-political context;
  • access, take advantage of, and critically use different sources of research;
  • evaluate the objectivity and relevance of different sources of research;
  • construct an argument that can be sustained through a work of such length;
  • use a recognised citation style;
  • present the dissertation in a manner that is clear, logical and well-written.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to develop information technology, word processing and research skills. Writing a dissertation provides students with an opportunity to use and develop the numerous legal and other skills that they already possess.

Outline content:
Not Applicable.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Before the work on the dissertation is commenced, the student must provide the Module Convenor with written details of the title, the name of the supervisor and the agreed submission date. The Module Convenor's written approval is required before work on the dissertation is commenced.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 2 2
Guided independent study 48 48
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Dissertation of 12,000 including footnotes and endnotes but excluding declaration, table of contents, bibliography and the abstract. An electronic disk copy should be made available immediately on request. The dissertation to be submitted to the supervisor by the date agreed when the supervisor approved the title of the dissertation.

On agreement with Erasmus Coordinator, arrangements similar to the Autumn term could be made for one of the other academic terms.

Formative assessment methods:

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.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of dissertation.

    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: 21 December 2016

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