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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods (CLLC11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis first-semester course introduces first-year postgraduates in LLC to Edinburgh's extensive range of electronic sources and material archives, training them to recognize the research methodologies that these resources serve so they can generate effective research strategies.

In addition to the three lectures during Week 1, students will attend workshops and undertake bibliographical and reflective assignments that will provide students with the scope and opportunity to produce solid preliminary research on topics that they choose.

Students will complete this course prepared for the discipline-specific methods courses offered by their subject- areas in the second semester.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students must achieve at least 40% overall in order to pass the course for a diploma level qualification and 50% for MSc. The course is marked on a pass/fail basis.

In order to pass this course, students must complete three summative assignments:

1. A bibliographic assignment comprising a literature search and an annotated bibliography based on material from programme core courses (up to 2000 words in length). This assignment represents 50% of the assessment for this course and is due by Friday of week 3 of semester 1.

2. A revision of the initial bibliographic assignment drawing on peer review and feedback from course organiser and subject area staff, including a 300-400 word reflection on the revision process (up to an additional 600 words). This assignment represents 25% of the assessment for the course and is due by Friday of week 8 of semester 1.

3. A short structured reflection on at least one workshop attended to be posted to a group blog (up to 600 words). This assignment represents 25% of the assessment for the course and is due by Friday of week 10 of semester 1.

In addition, students are required to engage in two pieces of formative peer review via peer review groups; further instruction will be provided in the Week 1 lectures and the course handbook.

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
*Students will learn how to use, acquire, organise and synthesise a number of research technologies, including online resources, databases, archives, manuscripts, hypertext and unpublished documents.

*Students should be able to identify specific technical problems in their area of study, including problems of historical method, archival access, translation and presentation.

*At the end of the course students will be capable of producing a full scholarly bibliography in their area of study; they will also be competent in techniques in the management and presentation of research.
Reading List
A Talis Aspire reading list is associated with this course:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Amy Burge
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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