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Module LXM-4018:
Dissertation (ELC)

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 3

Organiser: Dr Eva Bru-Dominguez

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To enable students to put into practice the analytical, research and cognitive skills developed during semesters one and two.
  2. To enable students to undertake a major piece of research, providing essential knowledge for further study at M.Phil or doctoral level.
  3. To enable students to gain profound knowledge of an area related to the course and to develop their ideas and research skills independently.

Course content

With guidance, students will be asked to choose a topic of their own for further research. They will be expected to produce an independently researched piece which will reflect and prove the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the taught modules. The topic chosen may be specific to one culture or comparative. Suitable areas include literature, literature and film, literature and history, aspects of critical theory, and cultural studies.

Assessment Criteria


C- - C+: Summarizes relevant scholarship in an area; capable of recognising the most obvious counter-arguments; documents the majority of sources correctly; structures exposition and arguments clearly.


B- - B+: Capable of original insights, though not always exploring or recognising their full significance; shows a critical understanding of the relevant scholarship in the field; structures exposition and arguments clearly.


A- - A*: Work presented to a standard which would be acceptable for publication in an appropriate specialist journal; demonstrates critical understanding of relevant scholarship, and places original insights in the context of that scholarship.

Learning outcomes

  1. To argue a case convincingly, showing depth of knowledge and critical understanding of the chosen topic.

  2. The effective management of material and time in producing a substantial piece of independently researched work.

  3. The ability to apply critical, research and analytical skills developed over semesters one and two.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Dissertation 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project
  1. One-to-one meetings with the supervisor to a minimum of 8 hours. Extra meetings or e-mail contact can be arranged.
  2. Detailed plan drawn up to assist with time management and progress.

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • 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.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: