Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities (HISM186)
|Staff||Dr Tawny Paul - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
To provide you with the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular area of interest, applying appropriate research methodologies and drawing on appropriate materials;
To develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to explore an area of Humanities research that goes beyond topics in taught modules of existing Masters programmes;
To develop goal setting and time management skills in pursuing a personal programme of research;
To enhance writing skills in order to improve dissertation writing.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Display an advanced knowledge of your chosen subject.
- 2. Critically analyse arguments by reading and discussing key primary and secondary texts.
- 3. Present sophisticated arguments concisely, explain difficult points; and identify key aspects of a debate.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Assimilate and critically analyse data from an appropriate range of sources.
- 5. Develop a cogent argument.
- 6. Communicate complex information and ideas effectively in writing.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Undertake an individual research project in a structured, time-effective fashion.
- 8. Locate and use literature effectively.
- 9. Construct and evaluate ideas and formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction.
- 10. Assess and criticise the views of others; write at the level required for ongoing and future research.
This module allows you to work independently towards an extended essay on a research area in which a member of academic staff of the College of Humanities has particular expertise. There will be at least five supervision meetings. At the first, you will discuss with your supervisor a potential area of research and a study plan will be agreed. The subsequent supervision meetings will give you academic guidance, including detailed feedback on a formative essay plan that you will submit.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||5||Individual meetings with supervisor|
|Guided independent study||295||Research, planning and writing of extended essay|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Oral presentation of draft material at each of the 5 supervision meetings||10 minutes||1-10||Oral feedback|
|Essay plan||500 words maximum||1, 3-5, 7||Written/oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Extended essay||100||10,000 words||1-10||written/oral|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Extended essay||Extended essay 10,000 words||1-10||Next reassessment period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
To be devised for each individual study programme by the student and relevant staff member.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Additional web-based resources to be identified by the student as part of the independent study programme.
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Additional resources to be identified by the student as part of the independent study programme.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Humanities, independent study, research