Module Provider: Grad Cen for Medieval Studs
Number of credits: 70 [35 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Anne Lawrence-Mathers


Summary module description:

The Dissertation provides an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of medieval culture through an indepth study of primary sources and of advanced scholarship in the field, and to demonstrate their own capacity for independent research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that a student will be able to:
• Locate, analyse and evaluate primary sources relevant to their field using appropriate critical and comparative methods
• Display a critical understanding of existing scholarly interpretations of the subject, and of the relevant methodologies
• Reveal an ability to deal with complex issues within a broader conceptual framework
• Demonstrate initiative and self-direction in their methodology, and an appropriate level of originality in their application of knowledge
• Organize and present their material to a high standard in accordance with scholarly protocols
•Compile and appropriately researched Bibliography and provide analytic commentary on it

Additional outcomes:
The module will also develop the students' skills of time management, and their skills of presentation and advocacy in discussion with their supervisor and with other students. Students will also have developed their IT skills by exploiting various electronic resources.

Outline content:
A research area is chosen by the student, with the guidance of the Module Convenor, who then appoints a suitable Supervisor. The Supervisor directs the student's research, and the student provides an initial methodological study by the end of the Summer Term. A Dissertation of 14,000 words is submitted in September.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Introductory orientation sessions in the Autumn Term with the Supervisor will guide students in their choice of topic to be studied. Students are expected to carry out their own extended searches, and to design their research methodology and the structure of their written work in consultation with their Supervisor. A written plan and working bibliography will be presented to the Supervisor and will be formally submitted by the end of the Autumn Term. In the Summer Term the research will be the object of a Methodological Study, which will be assessed by the Supervisor, and will be second-marked with the Dissertation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 5 8 7
Guided independent study 190 240 250
Total hours by term 195.00 248.00 257.00
Total hours for module 700.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 10
Dissertation 90

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assessed by a Methodological study (10%) and a dissertation of normally 14,000 words (90%) to be submitted by 15th September (or the Monday immediately following, if 15th falls at a weekend).

Formative assessment methods:
A formative preliminary bibliography and literature review will be submitted by the end of the Autumn Term. This will set out the area of research and the main evidence to be discussed.

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of Dissertation within one calendar year.

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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