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SEL3365 : Independent Essay II (English Literature)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To allow students to research and write a long essay that reflects their own particular interests and intellectual strengths.

To demonstrate an ability to plan, conceptualise, research and execute an independent piece of work.

To foster independent thinking and develop research skills and skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module allows students to write an essay on a self-directed topic in English Literature. Students will have considerable choice in terms of how they decide to proceed and could choose to orientate their research towards the analysis of written texts, or film or theatre, or indeed to shape a project that is interdisciplinary in character.

They will be asked to identify their likely area of interest at the start of the semester. In this process they will be supported by the module leader and required to attend a plenary lecture designed to guide them in their initial planning. They will then be assigned a supervisor with expertise in their chosen subject area and be expected to work with that supervisor over the remaining months of the module. In regular meetings, they will discuss the overall design of their essay and have the opportunity to work on redrafting the project under the guidance of their academic supervisor. They will also have the opportunity to work with other students on processes of peer review and benefit from further support delivered in plenary lectures on academic skills, independent research, approaches to argument and scholarly presentation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study172:0072:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be guided initially by the module leader and then directed to consult with an appropriate member of staff about their topic and approach. They will only be allowed to begin to work on their essay when their topic has been approved.

There will be regular consultation with the supervisor over the semester to check progress and to support reading, study and conceptual approach. Students are given more formal support with the plenary lectures and will support each other through peer learning/review sessions organised by their supervisor.

The main aim of the independent essay is to foster skills of independent working and to allow the students to plan and complete an independent piece of work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004,500 word essay and portfolio to include: research proposal, research plan, records of supervisory meetings and 1000 words of draft
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 4,500 word essay written under individual supervision will demonstrate both detailed knowledge of the student's chosen subject and that they acquired the appropriate skills. This will be submitted at the end of the semester.

The portfolio is designed to ensure that students keep up steady progress on their essay over the semester, attend supervisory meetings and complete appropriate drafts and plans to schedule.

Failure to produce a portfolio will constitute a rubric violation, resulting in a deduction of 5% of the total possible marks awarded.

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