Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Not advisable to combine with ED31220

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 1 per fortnight (more if required)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: An extended essay of approximately 5,000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment All failed or missing elements of assessment to be re-taken or made good. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to demonstrate an ability:

  • to undertake independent study;
  • to plan and present an extended investigation;
  • to demonstrate skills which are associated with library-based study: effective use of bibliographic searches; an ability to choose relevant sources; a sound knowledge and understanding of sources; critical interpretation of sources; an ability to synthesise sources; an ablity to present coherent argument.

Brief description

This module provides students with an opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choice, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It involves independent study under the guidance of a member of staff. It necessitates wide reading, leading to an extended essay. Prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies is needed before pre-registering and registering on this module.


  • to encourage independent study;
  • to develop skills which are associated with library-based study;
  • to achieve knowledge and understanding of a topic which is chosen by a student and approved by the Department.


No set syllabus. A plan of study is worked out by the student under the guidance of a member of staff.


This module is at CQFW Level 6