Module Catalogue 2024/25

SEL3327 : Short-form Dissertation 2: English Language and Linguistics

SEL3327 : Short-form Dissertation 2: English Language and Linguistics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriel Martinez Vera
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To allow students to develop in depth a topic which may draw on but also extend material studied in one (or more) of their English Language and Linguistics modules. To foster independent thinking and develop research skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation. These aims will be achieved by students doing independent research in an English language/linguistics topic, and writing up their results in an extended essay (5000 words). In this, they will be helped by a supervisor, i.e. a member of staff with relevant expertise in the general topic area that the student is working in.

Outline Of Syllabus

2 hours of general briefing
4 hours supervision

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To develop a topic in depth which draws on work undertaken in an ordinary module in the field of English language/linguistics.

Intended Skill Outcomes

- Ability to formulate a research question
- Ability to demonstrate research skills in assembling and documenting reading appropriate to a topic.
- Ability to demonstrate skills in independent working
- Ability to engage in structured critical thinking in relation to a piece of work
- Ability to assimilate information from a range of different sources.
- Ability to demonstrate skills in writing and presenting research results.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Two 1-hour general briefing sessions for all students taking this module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study169:0069:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will consult an appropriate member of staff about topic and approach and will only be allowed to begin work on the extended study when their topic has been approved. There will be further consultation with the supervisor to check progress. The main aim of the extended study is to foster skills of independent working and to allow students to plan and complete a more extended piece of work.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1005000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

5,000 word essay: a submitted essay will demonstrate both knowledge and skills outcome.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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