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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods in IMES (IMES11066)

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 IMES 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 Graduate School-organised lectures during Week 1, students will attend also attend IMES' weekly research seminars over the first semester.

Students will undertake a bibliographical assignment (60% of the coursework) and a structured essay (40% of the coursework) on one of the seminars.

This course is complemented by IMES11037 offered 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 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 178 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will attend three Graduate School-organised lectures organised during week 1 of Semester 1, and will complete one School-assigned bibliographical assignment (60% of the coursework). In many cases, this assignment will comprise and annotated bibliography that should include a number of forms of documents, such as unpublished theses, manuscripts, online references or specific editions, and should be no more than 2000 words in length.

Students will also attend IMES' weekly research seminars and write a structured report (40% of the coursework) on one of the presentations of approximately 1000 words that addresses a series of specific questions, similar to those answered in a book review.

Assessment (Pass/Fail) will be determined through attendance, participation, timely submission of the required assignments and assessment of the three required assignments themselves.
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. They will learn to engage critically with an orally-presented research talks on a variety of topics relating to IMES and will practice critical written analysis of one such talk.

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 particular area of study; they will also be competent in techniques in the management and presentation of research, including thesis preparation.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4178
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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