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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Common Courses

Undergraduate Course: MEL dissertation preparation (ELCC10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers the opportunity to research in depth a subject that holds special interest to the student, subject to prior approval by the section head. Dissertation preparation takes place during the student's period of residence abroad.

Those students required to do preparation for a MEL Dissertation are:
- All Single Hons students.
- All 3rd year Joint Hons students studying 2 languages who are working abroad, or studying as independent students and are not on Erasmus exchanges.
- All Joint Hons students studying 1 language and another non-language subject who are working abroad, or studying as independent students and are not on Erasmus exchanges.
- Those Joint Hons students who have not arranged to have their credits counted from Latin American universities.
Course description Students will be sent a list of research areas, with the names of the supervisors for each area, in November, together with a Dissertation Area Choice Form which they will have to send in by the end of January. They will receive confirmation in February of who their supervisor will be. (As is the case with options, we cannot guarantee they will get their first choice.) They will then be expected to engage in an e-mail exchange with their supervisor, to arrive at a topic and a title.

In week 4 of their final year, students will have to submit, on line, a Dissertation Proposal, as follows.
- It should be 1,000 words in all, in the target language.
- It should set out the Research Questions that the student aims to address in the dissertation, and the methods to be used in addressing those questions.
- It should contain a working title, and an indication of the corpus on which the student will be working. This will normally be a bibliography of primary texts, but it might be a list of films or other cultural artefacts to be studied, etc.
- It will be marked in the usual three-week turnaround period, and feedback returned to the student. The mark will contribute 10% to the final mark for the dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Placement Study Abroad Hours 195, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In week 3 of their final year, students will have to submit, on line, a Dissertation Proposal, as follows.
- It should be 1,000 words in all, in the target language.
- It should set out the Research Questions that the student aims to address in the dissertation, and the methods to be used in addressing those questions.
- It should contain a working title, and an indication of the corpus on which the student will be working. This will normally be a bibliography of primary texts, but it might be a list of films or other cultural artefacts to be studied, etc.
- It will be marked in the usual three-week turnaround period, and feedback returned to the student. The mark will contribute 10% to the final mark for the dissertation.


Feedback The Preparation will be marked in the usual three-week turnaround period, and feedback returned to the student. The mark will contribute 10% to the final mark for the dissertation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appraise a variety of source materials to compare and contrast ideas, concepts and issues and select those most appropriate.
  2. Critically engage with and interpret primary material and present ideas clearly in written form.
  3. Demonstrate analytical and organisational skills in a particular area.
  4. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of complex theories or ideas.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work independently with an amount of supervision.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDissertation Preparation
Contacts
Course organiserDr Carlos Soler Montes
Tel: (0131 6)50 8969
Email: csolerm@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
Email: Gillian.Paterson@ed.ac.uk
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