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Module LXM-4025:
Dissertation (TS)

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 3

Organiser: Prof Helena Miguelez-Carballeira

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 or an extended practical translation 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, an extended text for translation into their language speciality or a comparative research topic in two of their language specialities. In the case of a research-based 20,000-word dissertation, 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. The extended translation option will require the student to submit a 12,000-word translation of his/her choice (the selection of this text will be consulted with the relevant supervisor) followed by an 8,000-word detailed commentary where relevant translational strategies, theories and choices are explained.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

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; provides translation choices which are apt yet loosely justified or seemingly arbitrary.

good

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; provides translation choices which are in correspondence with relevant theoretical/critical issues.

excellent

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. Provides original and accomplished translation choices which are attentive to theoretical/critical issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. To enable students to gain profound knowledge of an area related to the course and to develop their ideas and research skills independently.

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

  3. To enable students to undertake a major piece of research or an extended practical translation providing essential knowledge for further study at M.Phil or doctoral level.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
dissertation 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
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.
600

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
  • 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: