Module Identifier ENM0520  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite ENM0620  
Mutually Exclusive ENM0320 , ENM0420  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1-hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1. A 3000 word portfolio which will comprise the following: a. a brief description of a research project (200 words) b. a list of research questions (400 words) c. a discussion of the usefulness of particular bibliographic resources in relation to the project (1200 words) d. an account of the extent to which and the ways in which the project has been modified in the light of bibliographic searching (1200 words) 2. A 1000 word research project proposal 3. A 1000 word annotated bibliography 100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and nature of research in the field of English Studies (broadly defined);

2. Design and formulate and design a research project in this field;

3 Demonstrate an understanding of the research skills necessary to undertake and complete a research project in this field.


This module is designed for all MA students in the English Department (and Writing students). It will introduce students to the relevant skills necessary for research, whether at the level of the MA dissertation or the PhD thesis. It is aimed to meet the research preparation requirements set out by the AHRB. It will also be available as a departmental research training module to PhD students in the English Department who have not already taken this module or an equivalent module at another institution.

Brief description

This module will cover a range of research preparation skills including exploiting library resources in Aberystwyth and beyond, using electronic journals and other IT skills, building a bibliography, researching and writing a proposal, structuring a dissertation or thesis, building and sustaining an argument, footnotes and referencing, and proof-reading and presentation.


The module will comprise 10 seminars.

Seminar 1: Introduction
What is research in English; project formulation; where to start; time management; note taking and reading; transcribing accurately; using journals, edited collections, monographs and websites.

Seminar 2: Library Resources
Navigating resources in the Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry Libraries and in the National Library of Wales Aberystwyth; using archives.

Seminar 3: Library Resources
Navigating resources in Wales and beyond (including the Founders? Library, UW Lampeter; the British Library, London, the Library of Congress, Washington DC).

Seminar 4: Building a Bibliography
On-line and networked resources, primary and secondary literature, interdisciplinary research.

Seminar 5: Researching and Writing a Proposal (i)
Formulating research questions, and research methodologies; identifying resources and primary material.

Seminar 6: Researching and Writing a Proposal (ii)
Structuring and presenting a concise proposal.

Seminar 7: Structuring a dissertation or thesis

Seminar 8: Building and sustaining an argument

Seminar 9: Footnotes and referencing
MHRA and Chicago. Introducing `EndNote?. Proof-reading and presentation.

Seminar 10: Presenting papers and participating in conferences

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Elaine P. Maimon and Janice H. Peritz A Writer's Resource: A Tool for Writing and Research McGraw-Hill College 0072942738


This module is at CQFW Level 7