Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Guided Research
Academic Year
Available semesters 1 and 2

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral Assessment  20 minutes oral assessment (approx 2,000 words of material) that reviews a key reserch source.  25%
Semester Assessment Essay submission  Submit a 7000 word essay  75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed elements  Resubmit failed or make good any missing elements. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, plan and critically contextualize an original piece of research.

2. Critically review a key research souce, assessing its potential use and critical context.

3. Devise a bibliography of appropriate texts and a relevant re4search question.

4. Effectively present research findings through essay writing.

5. Effectively present research finding through oral assessment and responding to questions.

Brief description

The module will provide students with expert guidance in their chosen area of research, giving them the opportunity to devise a research topic with a specialist member of staff and to receive regular feedback on the development of assessed work.


This module will give students the opportunity to pursue their area of interest with a specialist in the field and prepare them for the independent study required by the Dissertation. For their Dissertation itself, students may continue with the broad subject area of their guided essay. The material must be a development and must not therefore be a repetition of material already discussed in the Guided Research module. Relevant research training that will aid students in their work for Guided Research will be provided by our first semester core ENM0120 Research Skills.


Precise topic to be agreed between student and tutor depending on area of research. If following registration the number of students who wish to take a specialist option module are too low for it to be viable, we will contact the individual student(s) to offer them Guided Research and to ask them to choose a research area to work on.

Weeks one and two:
Discussion with tutor to determine the specific subject area to be pursued and to compile a bibliography of relevant texts.

Week three:
Define project area.

Weeks four, five and six:
Conduct independent research, guided by tutor, the development of which to be discussed in tutorials. In week five, define specific research question.

Week seven:
Assessed oral presentation. Review of a key research source presented the tutor and additional member of staff. The student will take questions on the material.

Weeks eight, nine and ten:
Discussion of work in progress with tutor.

ESTIMATED WORKLOAD HOURS: Tutorials 10 hours / Research: 300hours / Essay Writing: 175 hours

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral presentation, taking questions Articulating complex ideas through clear and sophisticated written work
Improving own Learning and Performance Presenting ideas and draft work to tutor, and working through revisions
Information Technology Word processing Use of the library catalogue Digital resources
Personal Development and Career planning Driving own research interests and honing specialism Developing presentation skills
Problem solving Devising a research question Critically reviewing a key research source
Research skills Conceiving, planning and critically contextualizing an original piece of research
Subject Specific Skills Acquisition of high level subject specific knowledge which may involve specific technical skills (e.g. paleography).
Team work Working with tutor as supervisor


This module is at CQFW Level 7