Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Skills
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio of work  Comprising the following 3 elements: - A detailed proposal outlining a key research question for a literary studies dissertation OR a research-based writing project. The proposal should concisely outline the rationale and context of the project, and its scope for public engagement (c. 1000 - 1500 words). [20%]. - An annotated bibliography detailing the project's key primary and secondary sources, clearly explaining their significance and relevance (c. 3-5 pages). [20%]. - A 2000 word sample of the creative work, OR close analysis of the primary source/s, OR contextualized discussion of the research question. [60%].   100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission  Resubmission of failed elements.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Produce and analyse creative and / or critical modes of writing, and, where appropriate, a synthesis of those modes.

Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories and debates about literature, the relationship between texts, and between texts and their contexts.

Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, plan and critically contextualise an original piece of research or creative writing.

Demonstrate an ability to present critical and/ or creative work to a professional academic standard.

Brief description

This 10-week module introduces MA students to the skills they will need to:

Formulate a project that is suitable for their subsequent MA Dissertation or Writing Portfolio;

Create a robust and detailed project proposal;

Produce a secure and realistic research timetable;

Articulate the contribution to knowledge/artistic practice that their project will offer;

Create an annotated bibliography of key research texts for their project;

Present an aspect of their project in a professional conference-style format.


This restructured common core module consolidates existing research training for Literary Studies and Creative Writing and enhances creative-critical hybridization in PGT provision.


Teaching on this module consists of four two-hour group sessions, combining lecture and seminar formats, as well as four intensive one-to-one supervision meetings, one week of independent directed study, and one week of individual practice presentations:

Week 1
Introduction; creating & writing a project proposal; planning your research timeline
Week 2
Independent directed study: defining your project area, writing your initial ideas
Week 3
Individual Supervision 1 (30 minutes) – pitching your proposed project, followed by formative verbal feedback; advice on the required sections of your project proposal
Week 4
Individual Supervision 2 (30 minutes) – formative written and verbal feedback on your project synopsis and research questions / and creative practice questions
Week 5
Individual Supervision 3 (30 minutes) – formative written and verbal feedback on the structural breakdown of your project, your contribution to knowledge/unique selling point, and your project timetable
Week 6
Digital resources and electronic media (led by subject librarian); producing annotated bibliographies
Week 7
Individual Supervision 4 (30 minutes): formative written and verbal feedback on your annotated bibliography
Week 8
Conference presentations: best practice in presentation and handling questions; initial planning
Week 9
Individual Presentation Practice (30 minutes): formative verbal feedback on your practice oral presentation
Week 10
Assessment advice; Q&A

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written and oral communication in assessed work; oral communication in supervision sessions and seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developing written and oral skills in response to substantial formative feedback in individual supervision sessions.
Information Technology Undertaking research for project planning; preparation of annotated bibliography.
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical self-reflection; transferrable communication and research skills.
Problem solving Identifying an appropriate research/writing topic; designing a detailed research/writing plan and timetable to support this.
Research skills Undertaking research for individual supervision sessions; preparation of annotated bibliography.
Subject Specific Skills Ability to construct a project plan appropriate to a literary studies MA dissertation or a creative writing MA project; ability to assess relevant critical and creative sources.
Team work Participation and collaboration in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 7