Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods (CLLC11003)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This first-semester course introduces first-year postgraduates in LLC to Edinburgh's extensive range of electronic sources and material archives so they can generate effective research strategies.
In addition to the four lectures during Week 1, students will be encouraged to participate in subject-specific workshops; they will undertake a two-part bibliographical assignment on topics associated with their postgraduate programmes.
Detailed instructions and an introduction to the related resources will be provided during Week 1. A suite of supplementary training workshops, held throughout the semester, will provide opportunity for ongoing skills development and reflective discussion, online and in class.
Students will complete this course prepared for the discipline-specific methods courses offered by their subject- areas in the second semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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, as above, students must complete two assignments:
1. A short (up to 500 word) commentary on a critical essay, due at the end of Week 5 and weighted at 25%;
2. An annotated bibliography, up to 2000 words. Each of its annotations will reach 100-150 words. The 2,000-word total includes a proposal (c. 500 words) for the course essay or initial dissertation chapter. This will be due at the end of Week 7 and weighted at 75%.
The first of these is a "feed-forward" or formative assignment. The second is a "final-point" summative assignment. Both are meant to help students with their summative assignment for their core courses.
||Students will receive substantive feedback on their initial and second submission, from the first-marker and, when required, from the second-marker. Students also will be invited to meet individually with the course organiser and workshop tutors, throughout the semester, to discuss their progress on various aspects of their research practice and training.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
|A Talis Aspire reading list is associated with this course: |
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Budd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3834
|Course secretary||Mr Iain Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988