Dissertation (EAS3003)

Staff - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To enable you to operate independently and responsibly, and take a positive and active role in your learning, in the service of the production of a sustained piece of critical work. It allows you to devise your own research questions and to pursue these lines of inquiry. You will work under the guidance of an academic supervisor, with extra support provided by occasional workshops and lectures to develop key skills for researching a chosen subject and preparing a finished manuscript.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the chosen subject, building appropriately on the work completed during the earlier years of their programme
  • 2. Demonstrate a capacity for independent study and self-directed inquiry and research
  • 3. Demonstrate an ability to identify and pursue appropriate, subject specific questions
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon research methodologies, and to draft, revise and edit written work accordingly

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse the chosen literature and/or films and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical context
  • 6. Demonstrate an advanced ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history
  • 7. Demonstrate an advanced ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary and/or filmic texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose
  • 9. Through research for the dissertation, demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

The Dissertation Handbook will be published in revised form each year, in the summer preceding your final year of study. This contains all of the relevant information for completion of the module, including deadlines for submission, useful contact names and tips on structuring and researching a dissertation. Responsibility for the selection and development of a topic of research is left to you, though you are invited to discuss it with one or more members of staff.

The completed Dissertation Proposal Form, signed by a member of staff, must be submitted to the departmental office by the specified deadline in term 1 of the students’ final year. Allocation of an individual supervisor will be organised and confirmed in the first week of Term 2. Early in the term the supervisor will arrange a 30 minute group meeting. There is also a special Library talk geared to the needs of dissertation research, and other workshops introducing key skills of research, writing and time management. You should have a written plan of your dissertation ready for discussion at the first meeting. It is then your responsibility to arrange and attend further supervisions during the term, with a total allocation of 1 hour 30 minutes. Supervisors will read and comment on up to 2000 words of written drafts, to be submitted as a formative assessment.

Teaching consists of 1 x 1 hour lecture in term 1 and 11 x 1 hour lectures in term 2, that introduce key topics and include you in a debate about academic practice; 4 x 2 hour workshops, running fortnightly in term 2, that provide a foundation of essential skills, such as planning and referencing, as well as creating a forum for student-led discussion about the dissertation experience 1 x 30 minutes group meeting to be arranged by the supervisor and 1 hour 30 minutes of further 1-2-1 supervision meetings, to be arranged by you.

Dissertations are regarded as examinable components and as such, feedback will not be available until after the exam board has met.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
212790

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching11Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching8Seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching2Supervisions
Guided independent study279Reading, research and dissertation preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft extract2000 words2-6, 8 (others may vary)Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1008000 words1-9Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A bibliography of primary and secondary texts is to be developed, under direction from an academic supervisor, by you. Since the module comprises mostly independent study, it is up to you to seek out secondary or archival material in the course of your research. Supervisors will guide, and strongly encourage the research process, which may include online journals, audio-visual material, artefacts from Special Collections etc.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Exeter Learning Environment is an online resource which will accompany the module, offering students a forum to discuss their work and to access links to external sites that might help in their research. Electronic versions of all course materials will also be hosted at this location. The ELE site will include links to useful online resources, including support for academic writing and lists of key journals and websites compiled by the different research groups.

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

You will be encouraged to draw upon the archival resources offered by the University’s Special Collections and by The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2011

Last revision date

31/10/2018

Key words search

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