Module Identifier LAM2920  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Diane Rowland  
Semester Available semesters 1 and 2  
Other staff Dr Stephen J Skinner, Ms Ann P Sherlock, Mrs Glenys N Williams, Mr Neil Kibble, Mrs Lillian Stevenson, Dr Uta Kohl  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   22 Hours. Seminar. 11x2 hour seminar and workshop sessions  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: Written evaluation of academic writing (2000 words) Writing exercises: abstract/handout/web page Writing exercises : abstract/hand-out/web page  
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of any element of failed written work   

Brief description

This module will provide training in the planning, organisation and design of research activity in the legal, socio-legal and cognate interdisciplinary fields; in appreciating the concept and objectives of a research thesis; and in appreciating the range and forms of relevant literature and other material and sources and their use in constructing research argument.


Introduction to the module, types of research activities, criteria for higher degrees, the concept of the thesis
Planning and designing of research projects
Organisation and management of time
Written and oral dissemination, different styles and formats
Methods of argumentation
Issues of originality and the use of sources for the purposes of academic argument, including in the context of different formats and styles
Categories of literature and research material in the legal, socio-legal and cognate interdisciplinary fields
Designing and writing bibliographies, methods of source citation
Reflection on module and feedback on assessment


This module is at CQFW Level 7