|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Seminar. Supervision arranged by supervisor|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation : 6000 - 10000 words to be submitted in appropriate Semester. Submission of research report required in week 8 of the appropriate semester. Failure to submit a satisfactory research report will result in 5 marks being deducted from the final dissertation mark.||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Dissertation : 6000 - 10000 words . If a student fails the assessment and wishes to resubmit, they must submit an essay on a topic that is substantively the same as that which was originally presented. Feedback will be provided by the original supervisor, or where this is not possible, by the module co-ordinator. Further supervision will not be provided. There is no need to submit a further research plan or report. Students may attend any lectures on the dissertation if required, and may raise any general queries with the module co-ordinator.||100%|
To acquire the skills necessary in order to carry out research in a chosen field of law or area related to law and write up the results of this research in a clearly organised and comprehensible way so as to maximise the dissemination of knowledge and ideas contained in the research.
The outcomes of the training involved in the module may be summarised as follows:
(a) to develop an appreciation of the research potential of subjects through the choice of a viable topic for research;
(b) to develop research skills as regards the location of relevant material, in particular through the use of bibliographical guides and subject databases;
(c) to develop the skills associated with the planning, organising and timetabling of a sustained piece of research over a period of some months;
(d) to develop the ability to organise ideas and order material for the effective presentation of argument and data;
(e) to develop academic writing skills for purposes of presenting a clear, articulate and readable account of the subject in question in a substantial written format of 6000 - 10,000 words.
To develop the skills associated with a substantial piece of research work, especially in so far as such skills and ability may be seen as distinct from those inculcated by the learning process as tested by conventional written examinations.
The Dissertation I module is designed for students undertaking such work for the first time.
The assessment of the research report is designed to support students in their research and enable them to improve their overall performance. The module is assessed by a reading of the dissertation by the supervisor as a first marker, by another member of staff as second marker, and by an external examiner where appropriate. The dissertation is assessed applying criteria relating to the effectiveness and adequacy of the research and the written presentation of material and argument. The assessment is therefore especially concerned with the ability to work relatively independently, to locate and organise relevant research material, and to communicate effectively via written media.
Reading ListRecommended Text
Foster, Steve (2009) How to write better law essays 2nd ed. Pearson Education Ltd Primo search Hutchinson, Terry C.M. (2006) Researching and writing in law 2nd ed. Lawbook Co. Primo search Huxley-Binns, Rebecca (2008) Unlocking legal learning 2nd ed. Hodder Arnold Primo search Robson, Colin (2007) How to do a research project Blackwell Pub. Primo search Salter, Michael and Mason, Julie (2007) Writing law dissertations Longman Primo search Strong, Stacie I. (2006) How to write law essays and exams 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Swetnam, Derek (2010) Writing your dissertation 3rd ed. How to Books Primo search Walliman, Nicholas S. R. (2004) Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success SAGE Primo search Webley, Lisa (2005) Legal writing Cavendish Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6