Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Undergraduate Dissertation
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Isabel Davis (Senior Lecturer - Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Professor Kevin Mills (Professor - University of South Wales)
  • Ms Kirsti Bohata (Senior Lecturer - Swansea University)
  • Professor Simon Kovesi (Professor - Oxford Brookes University)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 4 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment First Essay Assignment  1 x 1000 word research proposal  Formative Assessment 
Semester Assessment Second Essay Assignment  1 x 1500 word sample chapter  Formative Assessment 
Semester Assessment Final Dissertation  1 x 10,000 word dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Final Dissertation  Resubmit failed or missing 10,000 dissertation  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Conduct independent research, compile bibliographies and find ways around appropriate research materials.

2. Conceive, plan and execute an appropriate topic for study based on literary research, structured over an extended piece of writing

3. Display a critically focused understanding of literary texts, cultural contexts and theoretical concerns.

4. Complete the writing of the dissertation in compliance with the substantive as well as formal requirements expected of an undergraduate dissertation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Small group and individual aspects of delivery through group discussion.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent planning researching and realization of a research project. The structure of the module builds into it formative assessment and encourages self-reflection.
Information Technology Research skills will require the utilization of bibliographical and search databases, internet-based research, as well as the use of word-processing in the course of writing of the dissertation
Personal Development and Career planning By encouraging initiative, self-reliance, self-responsibility, time-management, independent enquiry and by preparing students for study at postgraduate level.
Problem solving By developing evaluative analysis, constructing an independent research strategy, and by formulating and conducting an extended critical argument.
Research skills By requiring students to outline, structure, independently research and write an extended piece on a topic of their choosing
Subject Specific Skills Detailed critical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad intellectual/ theoretical concepts in an independently-researched piece of writing.
Team work Through workshop and small group work


This module is at CQFW Level 6