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 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This is your chance to pursue an area of academic interest by developing your own questions and undertaking the necessary research before submitting a dissertation (extended essay), case note, or commentary not exceeding 5,000 words.
This is a single semester module requiring you to demonstrate independence of thought and action. Although you will receive guidance from a member of academic staff whose interests and expertise relate to your agreed topic, you will need very good self-discipline to undertake it successfully.
Please ensure that you have read the module handbook and completed the application process as set out before selecting this module. Your subject matter and approach must be agreed with your supervisor and your proposed title approved by the external examiner.

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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

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.