ML3EE-Extended Essay

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: EN3DIS Dissertation
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Ute Wolfel

Email: u.wolfel@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The aim of the Extended Essay is to allow students to engage in extended research on an appropriate, clearly delimited topic of their own choosing from an area of Modern Languages and European Studies that is relevant to their degree programme, and to present their material in a convincing and persuasive manner that enables an educated reader to understand the topic and the issues surrounding it. 


Aims:
The aim of the Extended Essay is to allow students to engage in extended research on an appropriate, clearly delimited topic of their own choosing from an area of Modern Languages and European Studies that is relevant to their degree programme, and to present their material in a convincing and persuasive manner that enables an educated reader to understand the topic and the issues surrounding it.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will have been expected to:

• undertake independent research using library and non-library sources (the web, the press, interviews etc.) as appropriate
• show an ability to plan, organise and synthesise material gathered during their research
• present this material with clarity in English, paying due regard to the sequencing of argument, the relevance and range of supportive evidence, and correct use of bibliographies, footnotes and general layout
• 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 standards of scholarly accuracy

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Students are expected • to identify a suitable topic for research in the field of Language Studies (including cultural, literary and media studies), bearing in mind the required word-length, the extent of their existing knowledge of the subject, and the facilities for research available to them • to prepare, with guidance from a supervisor, a dissertation on this topic, extending to 6,000 words (± 10%) excluding references and bibliography.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students are given introductory training on Extended Essay requirements and research techniques early in the Autumn Term of the final year. By Tuesday of Week 7 of the same Autumn Term they must have • obtained approval for their topic, and a working title, from the convenor for this module and from a supervisor (who will normally be from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies) • prepared, in consultation with the supervisor, a bibliography and a plan for the Extended Essay. The module consists largely of independent study and writing. The required dissertation length will be 6,000 words (± 10%) excluding references and bibliography. Students taking a language degree (French, German, Italian or Spanish, single or combined) must also write a 600-word summary of the Extended Essay in the language of the topic of the essay.



The Supervisor will supply brief feedback on a plan in the course of the Final Year, and on a full draft if it is submitted by noon on the penultimate Monday of the Spring Term of the student’s final year. If no draft is submitted by then, there will be no obligation to supply any such feedback on a draft. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 2
Seminars 1
Tutorials 2 2
Guided independent study: 85 106
       
Total hours by term 90 110
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The Extended Essay must be submitted during the first week of the Summer Term of the final year.


Formative assessment methods:

Extended Essay title submitted during Autumn Term of final year; Extended Essay draft, if submitted, needs to be in by penultimate Monday of Spring Term of final year.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, by 12 NOON on the first working day thereafter.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 4 September 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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