Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Ways of Working
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,000 word written assignment  75%
Semester Assessment Discussion based assessment  - Contribution to discussion during taught sessions in response to projects presented, or interaction in the resit period.  25%
Supplementary Assessment Alternative written assignment  75%
Supplementary Assessment Alternative contribution to discussion or  interaction during the resit period  25%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the research aims, methodology and outcome/s of specific research projects across the disciplines covered by FASS
2. Engage in oral, constructive critical discussion of research projects with peers and staff
3. Recognise a range of research skills, structures and procedures and their relevant applications
4. Present a coherent and critically constructive response to a range of research projects in different specialist areas within FASS
5. Locate their own research within the academic and scholarly context outlined within FASS
6. Present a coherent, written response to both individual research projects, their methodologies and outcomes and demonstrate the relationship between those projects within an over-arching intellectual and practical framework.

Brief description

A series of third year or post-doctoral students (in cases where we have Creative Fellows or similar who have recently completed PhD study) will be profiled in order to identify the breadth and wealth of research skills and methodologies in practice across the Institute at PhD level. The projects will focus on practice as research and compositional and creative practice of various kinds in order to provide a different kind of learning experience to that offered by Ways of Reading (PGM0410/MOR0510) but will not exclude more traditional, literary approaches completely.


The module aims to introduce students to a range of research areas, methodologies and outcomes relevant to individual Postgraduate study within the wider framework of the scholarly enquiry active in ILLCA. The module will provide students with insight into distinct ways of working at Postgraduate level but also an awareness and understanding of the interactivity and inter-relations between different but cognate subject areas.


The module is scheduled to include 4 x 2 hr sessions which will introduce approaches to research with implications for both practice-based and non-practice-based projects. Following these sessions, students will attend tutorials with the course convenor in order to negotiate
techniques and ideas appropriate to their own studies, and navigate their way through the assessment.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will need to develop the ability to communicate sophisticated ideas, concepts and practices effectively both orally and in written form.
Improving own Learning and Performance Knowledge acquired on this module will enhance the students’ understanding of their own research in the broader context of an intellectual enquiry that has common concerns, aims and objectives.
Information Technology Usual work processing and IT skills will be applicable to presentation of assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Fostering an understanding of the aims, methodologies and outcomes of specific research projects within a broader comparative, critical context will enhance the students’ awareness of the potential interest, relevance and application of their own research.
Problem solving Problem solving in relation to defining research questions, questioning their robustness and testing research methodologies and their efficacy are integral to the teaching and learning process on this module.
Research skills Students are required to find, evaluate and use source materials. ICT, books, newspapers, magazines, reference works in order to understand and contextualize their own research work and that of others.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will need to function constructively within groups both as receptors of knowledge and information and as those sharing that knowledge and developing it further.


This module is at CQFW Level 7