CL3DE-Dissertation in Classical Studies and English

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Mairs

Email: r.mairs@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 literary-critical argument that draws on expertise acquired in both disciplines.

Aims:
The Dissertation is designed to develop students' independent skills in the formulation, research and scholarly presentation of an extended and substantial literary-critical argument that draws on expertise acquired in 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 and theoretical 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 their time effectively

Outline content:
The Dissertation is a compulsory element in the joint Classics and English degree. It provides students with the challenge of producing an extended piece of independent literary 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, and may include such projects as a comparative analysis of two or more authors, an enquiry into aspects of form, style, genre or literary movement, the application of a particular methodology to selected materials, etc. 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 preparatory workshops on dissertation skills are organized in the Spring and Summer terms of Part 2, the module consists primarily of independent study and writing. After consultation with the appropriate liaison officers, students submit a form with a proposed title by the end of the Spring term Part 2. Students will be assigned a supervisor in SEAL at the beginning of the Summer term Part 2. The Classics liaison officer will advise on finding an appropriate supervisor in the Classics department. Students should meet with their supervisors to receive preliminary guidance and bibliographical advice during the Summer term. Thereafter, students are entitled to two supervision sessions from their SEAL supervisor during the Autumn and Spring of Part 3 and three from their Classics supervisor. Supervisors in SEAL will read and comment on one draft only of the Dissertation, provided that it is submitted by a date specified by SEAL.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 5 5
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 192 195
       
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students submit an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation at the beginning of the Summer term in their final year.

Relative percentage of coursework : 100%

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:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission in August.

    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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