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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods and Problems in English Literature (ENLI11125)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course, team-taught by colleagues in English Literature over six weeks at the start of semester two, builds on the School first semester methods course but is tailored to the specific demands and requirements of English Literature students on the subject area's taught MSc programmes. It has the benefit of fostering intellectual and pedagogical exchanges between students, and of allowing them to discuss subject-specific concerns and methodologies with MSc course organisers and other staff teaching on the various programmes. The course culminates in the submission of a full proposal for the master's dissertation, but this final stage is assisted by a series of two-hour classes that familiarise the student with a range of theoretical and conceptual issues that will feed into its completion.
Course description This 1000-word dissertation proposal will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
The range of knowledge that it demonstrates.
Its understanding of recent scholarship in your chosen area
The quality of the structure of its arguments
Its appropriateness to the scope of a 15,000 word dissertation
Its scholarly presentation in terms of academic style.
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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 187 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) See course description and the programme handbook. The course will carry a pass/fail assessment without a numerical mark.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Guide and direct students through the initial stages of the Dissertation process, and specifically the creation of a proposal.
  2. Familiarise students with a range of subject-specific theoretical and conceptual issues that will be necessary for the successful production of both proposal and final dissertation, and culminates in the submission of a full proposal for the dissertation.
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Course organiserDr Robert Irvine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3605
Course secretaryMrs Lina Gordyshevskaya
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