Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
European Language Research Skills
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 hours of seminars; 2 hours of tutorials, 1 hour practical. Students are also expected to attend departmental research seminars.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Supplementary Assessment FAILED ELEMENTS TO BE RESUBMITTED  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

demonstrate familiarity with the conventions of postgraduate study in European Languages;

demonstrate that they have acquired information retrieval, bibliographical and referencing skills in the field of academic research in European Languages;

demonstrate that they have gained experience of how research results are disseminated;

demonstrate that they can reflect upon the effectiveness of different ways of presenting research in European Languages.


This module aims to provide postgraduates in European Langugaes with skills which are necessary for advanced study in modern languages.


1. What is research in European Languages? Project formulation. Where to start? (2-hour seminar)
2. Subject-specific information skills session, including bibliographical sources (2-hour seminar)
3. Referencing and bibliography (1-hour seminar, 1-hour practical)
4. Tutorials relating to chosen assessment assignments (2 hours)
5. Attendance at Departmental Research Seminars, producing written feedback from a minimun of 2 seminars, including an assessment of effectiveness of presentation (6 hours work)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Participating in seminars and writing of assignment will require student to express their ideas clearly, cogently and coherently.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent preparation for assessed work and seminars, independent research for assessed work and seminars.
Information Technology Students will be required to access bibliographical information and to submit word processed assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be expected to show an ability to manage their own time effectively and to engage in independent lines of research in preparing their assignments.
Problem solving Selection of reading material, answering questions posed by written assessment, seminar work.
Research skills Researching for assessed work.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be required to read material in French and/or German and/or Spanish in order to prepare for seminars and/or assessed work. They will have to be familiar with subject-specific bibliographical resources and referencing systems.
Team work This will apply in the seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 7