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CAC3000 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Lecturer: Professor Federico Santangelo, Dr Micaela Langellotti
  • Other Staff: Dr Anke Walter, Dr Stephanie Holton, Dr Claire Stocks, Professor Jakob Wisse, Professor Athanassios Vergados
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


The module is the “capstone” of your degree, which gives you the opportunity to pursue a research topic that has your particular interest, and to carry out independent research on it under the guidance of a supervisor. The result will be a Dissertation of 12,000 words.

Possible topics include a wide range of subjects within Greek and Roman literature, thought and culture. You will receive guidance on topic choice, but are encouraged to think of possibilities yourself.

The aims of this module are:

To allow students an opportunity to pursue in more depth a topic of their choice, applying skills learnt elsewhere in their degree programme.
To promote the skills of independent self-study, in particular: the ability to plan, organise and research an extended piece of written work; and initiative in identifying and solving intellectual problems posed by the topic studied.

Outline Of Syllabus

A topic will be chosen in consultation with the module leader, who will assign each student to a member of staff who will act as supervisor.
Preliminary lectures offer general guidance, e.g. about carrying out research, finding appropriate bibliography and academic writing.
The emphasis, however, is on independent work, under the guidance of the supervisor, who will be available for a number of supervisory sessions throughout the year.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1921:00192:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading771:0077:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Introductory sessions, skills and library sessions, shared with CAH3000, CAC3020, CLA3090
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Skills workshop sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Individual Dissertation Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1151:00115:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CLA3090Special Study on an Aspect of Classical Influence in English Literature
CAH3000Portfolio in Ancient History II: Dissertation
CAC3020Independent Study Module for Q800 students
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The scheduled contact sessions are used to (1) emphasize and clarify the arrangements, to ensure that students have all the information needed to do their work independently; (2) summarize and discuss, and thereby reinforce, the skills needed for independent writing and researching as taught in the previous years (particularly in the Stage-2 skills modules): study skills, writing skills, and awareness of research methods and tools.

Workshop sessions are used to reinforce skills training and give students the opportunity to practise specific skills on evidence relevant to their dissertation.

The supervision tutorials are used to support students individually in formulating their research questions, in structuring their writing, in finding their way in the scholarly literature, and in analyzing the texts (and other materials) used in their project; and to encourage them in further developing their skills at independent work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M9512,000 words (the word-limit includes footnotes and appendixes, but not bibliography)
Research proposal1M5Students must submit a detailed essay plan worth 5% of the dissertation module. 700-900 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M1 chapter section of c. 1,500 words submitted to supervisor for comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students must submit an essay plan, due in the course of Semester 1. This plan ensures that students come to grips with their topic at an early stage, so that they have enough time to write the dissertation itself, and a firm basis on which to do so.

The dissertation assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic and of the issues involved in it; their ability independently to apply skills of analysis and interpretative tools to a topic beyond the taught syllabus; and their skills of initiative, planning, organisation and adaptability in selecting and defining an appropriate topic, assembling relevant primary and secondary material, outlining the approach to be taken, and organising a schedule for completing the various stages of the project. It also assesses their skills in written communication.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.

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