Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Dissertation (Single Hons Modern German Studies)
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research proposal (ca 1500 words plus bibliography) and oral presentation (15 minutes) in front of all students of the module  15%
Semester Assessment Dissertation (12000 words) in target language   85%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate ability to use a range of relevant research methods and techniques
2. Be able to organize their research within the given frameworks (time management, structuring)
3. Formulate a research question that is of appropriate scope and depth for this dissertation
4. Critically read scholarship in their field of study, both in English or Welsh and in the target language.
5. Structure arguments in a coherent and convincing manner; show an awareness of key issues
6. Write a dissertation in compliance with the formal requirements of the discipline, including referencing and bibliography.


The SH dissertation module is the concluding element of a single honors degree. It is the opportunity for students to showcase their understanding of the history and culture of the target language and of the countries where it is spoken. Written in the target language, they can demonstrate their ability to present arguments convincingly, and to a high linguistic standard.

Brief description

Dissertation on a chosen topic, arising from modules taken previously or being taken concurrently, Year Abroad modules or own initiative. Topics are chosen in collaboration with the module convenor and the individual supervisor.


Important dates during the year are:
- before week 2 of teaching: contacting potential supervisor and module convenor with possible topic
- before week 5: agreement on the topic
- last week of teaching December: submission of research proposal and scheduling of presentations for all students on the module
- submission: week before summer exam period.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Possibility of statistical analysis
Communication Development of clear and accurate expression, in writing and in speaking.
Improving own Learning and Performance The Dissertation is, by definition, a very independent work, in which the supervisor plays only a consultative role.
Information Technology Students have to find on-line source texts and secondary literature. For some topics, use of statistical methods and appropriate tools (such as Excel) might be necessary.
Personal Development and Career planning Ability to work independently, identifying research questions, developing them in written form; recognizing and overcoming difficulties in the research and writing process.
Problem solving Students have to formulate their research question/s, in collaboration with their supervisor; they have to locate primary and secondary literature, identify and overcome difficulties in the research and writing process (access to documents, sensitive topics, etc.).
Research skills Yes - students have to do independent research in preparation for their essays, including identifying and locating source documents and secondary literature.
Subject Specific Skills Yes - students have to do independent research in preparation for their essays, including identifying and locating source documents and secondary literature.
Team work Yes, students will be working with a supervisor and they will be gaining the necessary skills to work both independently and in conjunction with his/her supervisor.


This module is at CQFW Level 6