Postgraduate Course: Research Methods and Problems (CLLC11004)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a dissertation preparation course for students on the MSc in Comparative Literature and the MSc in Intermediality and Masters by Research degree programmes. The initial four sessions will consider general principles of research design, featuring examples of good practice. The remainder of the sessions will be Q&A-based and linked to the 10-minute presentation and the dissertation proposal. This course, and its two assessments, will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
The course will begin with group sessions on how to prepare for the dissertation (including writing a thesis statement, structuring and chaptering, providing supporting evidence, general research tips and how to write a dissertation proposal). The first two sessions will address general research principles and then the next two sessions will look at specific examples using past dissertations that are examples of good practice. The remainder of the sessions will be Q & A led. Students will be asked to upload a 10-minute presentation of their dissertation topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
||Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
1x 10 minute presentation of dissertation topic (30%)
1 x 1500 word dissertation proposal (70%)
||Students will receive written feedback from the course organiser in response to their in-class presentations; they will also receive written feedback following their written submission. The course's discussion forum will provide opportunity for ongoing feedback among students. All students will be invited to meet the course organiser and MSc programme director during weekly office hours, to seek clarification and further details on any aspect of their ongoing assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Formulate a research problem, appropriate to their respective MSc programme;
- Demonstrate their awareness of the methods appropriate for dealing with different modes of literary and cultural research;
- Demonstrate their competence not only in the preparation of bibliographies and research documents, but also their capabilities for identifying and articulating possible research projects in literary and cultural studies.
Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style (Columbia University Press, 2014.)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be taught online and students will be asked to upload a 10-minute presentation.
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Budd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3834
|Course secretary||Ms Monique Brough
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618