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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods (CLLC11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis first-semester course introduces first-year postgraduates in LLC to Edinburgh's extensive range of electronic, print and material sources so they can generate effective research strategies.
Course description This course provides MSc students with an introduction to the skills and methods required to conduct high-quality research. The course will familiarise students with our resources (archival, digital, and in print), the repositories that manage them, and the skills required to locate and access them. This will include an introduction to core and specialist research collections, and to the scholarly terms academics use to describe them. The course also develops skills in methodology, enabling students to undertake research appropriate to their critical approach, the requirements of specific assignments, and within respective intellectual frameworks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students as a compulsory course for some students on MSc programmes in LLC. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to students as a compulsory course for some students on MSc programmes in LLC. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
500 word commentary on a critical essay (25%)
2000 word annotated bibliography (75%)

Feedback Students will receive substantive feedback on their initial and second submission, from the first-marker and, when required, from the moderator. Students also will be invited to meet individually with the course organiser and our Liaison Librarian, throughout the semester, to discuss progress on various aspects of their research practice and training.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Locate, evaluate, and use research technologies to access a broad range of primary and secondary sources.
  2. Identify and formulate research problems in their area of study, drawing upon peer-reviewed secondary resources.
  3. Produce a full scholarly bibliography in their area of study.
Reading List
A Talis Aspire reading list is associated with this course:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Robert Irvine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3605
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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