LAW-30084 - Dissertation (Single Module) - ISP
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

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

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

An extended piece of supervised research of 5,000 words on an agreed
subject to be completed in a single semester. This is your chance to
pursue an area of academic interest by developing your very own research
question and undertaking the necessary research. Although you will receive
guidance from a member of academic staff whose interests and expertise
closely 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.

This module provides students with an opportunity to devise and undertake their own extended research project, under the guidance of a supervisor. It gives students an 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes

create and pursue a viable research question to a successful conclusion: create and pursue a viable research question to a successful conclusion: 1
identify and apply an acceptable research methodology: identify and apply an acceptable research methodology: 1
produce a coherent and persuasive piece of self-directed work: produce a coherent and persuasive piece of self-directed work: 1

Study hours

Workshops (methodology): 4 hours
Individual supervision: 8 hours
Self directed research reading and dissertation preparation: 138 hours

School Rules

The module is not available to students registered for LAW-30083 (30 Credit Dissertation)

Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%
4,000 to 5,000 word dissertation, case note or commentary.
Students will produce a piece of work between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length, based on their own research. 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.