LAW-30083 - Dissertation (Double Module) - ISP
Coordinator: Mark A Davys Room: CBC1.009 Tel: +44 1782 7 33224
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

Law Combined Honours (Level 6)
Law Single Honours (Level 6)


Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20

An extended piece of supervised research of 10,000 words on an agreed
subject to be completed over two semesters. This is your chance to pursue,
in depth, an area of academic interest by developing your very own
research question and undertaking the necessary research. Although you
will work closely with a member of academic staff whose interests and
expertise relate to your research topic, this module requires real self
discipline to undertake it successfully. You will be required to
demonstrate independence of thought and action.
Please ensure that you have read the dissertation guidelines and completed
the Law School application process before selecting this module.

Aims
This module provides students with an opportunity to devise and undertake their own extended research project, under the guidance of a supervisor. Students undertaking this module will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in ways not normally tested by taught modules, including the ability to:
a) organise their own work over several months;
b) locate (with guidance where appropriate) essential material;
c) organise a large amount of material on a single topic or theme;
d) make use, where appropriate, of the inter-disciplinary nature of the Keele degree programme; and
e) communicate clearly and effectively in an extended piece of written work.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30083/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

create a viable research question and identify an appropriate research methodology: create a viable research question and identify an appropriate research methodology: 1
pursue a viable research question to a successful conclusion by applying an appropriate research methodology: pursue a viable research question to a successful conclusion by applying an appropriate research methodology: 2
produce a substantial, coherent and persuasive piece of self-directed work: produce a substantial, coherent and persuasive piece of self-directed work: 2

Study hours

Workshops, including methodology and work in progress: 12 hours
Individual supervision: 16 hours
Self-directed reading and dissertation preparation = 272 hours

School Rules

This module is not available to a student who is undertaking LAW-30084 (the single module ISP for law students).

Description of Module Assessment

1: Research Proposal weighted 10%
Research Proposal
A research proposal not exceeding 750 words and a list of proposed sources. The list of proposed sources does not fall within the 750 word limit. Each proposal will be first-marked by the Module Leader (or an independent marker when the Module Leader is also the student's supervisor) and second-marked by the student┐s supervisor against clear criteria. If a mark cannot be agreed, an independent third-marker will be asked to adjudicate.

2: Dissertation weighted 90%
Dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words.
A dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. Each dissertation will be marked independently by two members of staff: (i) a member of staff other than the student's supervisor and (ii) the student's supervisor. The Module Leader will review the feedback and marks of both markers and seek to agree a final mark with them (if the Module Leader was one of the original markers, an independent member of staff will undertake this role). If a final mark cannot be agreed, the Module Leader will invite a third person to mark the dissertation before deciding upon the final mark.