Module LXG-3113:
German Dissertation (JH Eng)

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Sarah Pogoda

Overall aims and purpose

This module brings together all the skills and experiences related to the study of Modern Languages and Cultures which students have acquired during Years 1, 2 and the Year Abroad. The successful completion of a dissertation gives students the opportunity to work on a research project as part of their degree course on a topic to do with the society, history, literature, and culture of the relevant country which is not already a specific component of the syllabus. This topic should be decided in agreement with the Supervisor. This module is intended as a foundation for the kind of writing requested at postgraduate level.

This module will enable the student 1. To gather a list of relevant sources for their chosen topic. 2. To gather relevant secondary research material for their chosen topic. 3. To gather relevant primary research material for their chosen topic. 4. To interrogate and analyse their source material in relation to relevant research questions. 5. To construct a coherent chapter plan for their dissertation. 6. To write up the project successfully in an academic manner to communicate the project and its results.

Course content

The dissertation will set the chosen research topic in a broader contextual framework. It will set research questions and devise a structure. It will describe and analyse the chosen topic using a range of relevant secondary and primary evidence. The project will be written up in an ordered and academic manner. An analytical summary will be provided in the target language.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

(D- to D+): For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the topic of their choice and of research methods and academic writing techniques.

excellent

(A- to A*): For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the topic of their choice and of research methods and academic writing techniques.

good

(C- to B+): For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the topic of their choice and of research methods and academic writing techniques.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student will learn how to construct an argument/analyse their evidence with precision and consistency.

  2. The student will learn how to manage time and prepare their project satisfactorily for submission.

  3. The student will learn how to organise information and produce a written analysis.

  4. The student will learn how to set this material in a broader context.

  5. The student will learn how to summarise their findings in the target language.

  6. The student will learn how to gather primary and secondary research material for their project.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DISSERTATION dissertation skills test 5
DISSERTATION Summary 15
DISSERTATION Dissertation 80

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private Study

90
Lecture

Lecture (1 x 2 hour lecture per semester).

4
 

1:1 meetings with Supervisor (3 per semester)

6

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Resources

Resource implications for students

n/a

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: