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SEL3329 : Long-form Dissertation: 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 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


The dissertation is an extended piece of research on an English Language/Linguistics topic that:

Gives you the opportunity to investigate a substantial topic and is led by your intellectual interests. While it doesn't need to fit within the range of a module, it may grow out of a module you've studied.

Develops a research question informed by an awareness of scholarship in the fields of English Language/Linguistics.

Shows an understanding of and ability to work with methods and practices appropriate to the disciplines of English Language/Linguistics.

Is developed over a period of time in dialogue with a supervisor.

Outline Of Syllabus

1 x 3 hours lecture
10 hours supervision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion199:0099:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1144:00144:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1144:00144:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision110:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will consult with an appropriate member of staff about topic and approach and will only be allowed to begin to work on the dissertation when their topics have been approved. There will be further consultation with the supervisor to check progress. The main aim of the dissertation is to foster skills of independent working and to allow the student to plan and complete a more extended piece of work. Students are also supported by three formal lectures on research skills, data collection and presentation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2A10010,000 words (written throughout both semesters)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A 10,000 word essay: a submitted essay will demonstrate both knowledge and skills learning outcomes.

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