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Module VPR-2207:
Independent Study

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Overall aims and purpose

The module offers students an opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing. The topic may be interdisciplinary in nature and will draw on one or both of the disciplines represented in the degree. The research undertaken will be based on secondary sources and will demonstrate an awareness of different methodological approaches and the ability to locate, select and synthesise information from a variety of sources.

Course content

The module offers students an opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing. The topic may be interdisciplinary in nature and will draw on one or both of the disciplines represented in the degree. The research undertaken will be based on secondary sources and will demonstrate an awareness of different methodological approaches and the ability to locate, select and synthesise information from a variety of sources.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

(D- to D+) Students demonstrate a threshold level of knowledge and understanding of the subject matter but have poor introduction/abstract with very limited use and understanding of theoretical sources or academic ideas and ethics Poor conclusion overall which impacts on content and overall coherence delivered in the oral presentation .

good

(C- to C+) Good students show a competent grasp of the dissertation topic and related issues. Reasonable attempts are made to analyse and reflect on the subject matter . Shows understanding of ethical issues and small number of theories. The work showing glimpses of insightful and reflective observations and makes good attempt to related academic ideas to work place situations and this is reflected in the content of the oral presentation. The overall work shows that there is scope for more analysis and understanding.

(B- to B+) Very good students show competent knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Work is analytical in a number of areas and demonstrates a critical, understanding of academic theories and ideas. The overall work is insightful and shows some originality and this is observed in the quality and presentation of the oral work.

excellent

(A - and above) Excellent students will demonstrate a critical grasp of the subject. The work is proficiently executed demonstrating high levels of analytical and reflective skills and knowledgeable understanding of a wide range of academic ideas and the synthesis of theory and practice. The overall work demonstrates creative thinking, flair and originality which is also carried through in the oral presentation to full impact.

Learning outcomes

  1. Formulate a research question and develop a methodology for attempting to solve that question.

  2. Locate and select information from a number of sources.

  3. Synthesise knowledge from different sources.

  4. Complete a sustained piece of written work.

  5. Develop and present a sustained academic argument both in writing and orally.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 

Most of the work will be done through independent study. Student will be allocated a supervisor and expected to have 6 meetings with them.

 

Courses including this module

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