Single Hon French Dissertation
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Jonathan Ervine
Overall aims and purpose
Aim The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity of working on something as part of their degree course which is not already a specific component of the syllabus and develop independent study skills and research skills during their semester abroad.
Subject Provided it meets with the approval of the French Examiners, the subject may be: - on any aspect of French or Francophone life, literature or culture; - an extension of the subject matter of an existing module, or in an entirely new area; - approached as a purely critical analysis, as a practical or a creative project or as a combination of both.
This module will give students the opportunity of working on something as part of their degree course which is not already a specific component of the syllabus and develop independent study skills and research skills during their semester abroad. Through this course students will enhance their study skills and academic writing techniques. This module is intended as a foundation for the kind of writing requested at postgraduate level.
Key texts Key texts to use for single and joint honours dissertations depend entirely on the topic chosen.
Any other learning resources
Students are required to complete ‘Disseration Skills Preparation’ activities on Blackboard. These take the form of short tutorials followed by multiple choice quizzes that aim to test understanding of the following issues: evaluating information, plagiarism, referencing, style and presentation.
D- - 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.
C- - 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.
A- - 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. The written French of the very best dissertations may be of near-native standard.
Display familiarity with citation and referencing techniques (including compiling a bibliography).
Display the ability to conduct research independently.
Demonstrate the ability to gather information and condense it in a clear and coherent argument.
Display evidence of original analytical thinking.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Individual study. (All learning outcomes)
1:1 meetings with Supervisor (3 per semester)
Lecture (1 x 2 hour lecture per semester).
- 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.
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- R101: BA French year 4 (BA/F4)