EL6024 - English Language Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

This module will offer you the opportunity to complete a large scale independent research project (10,000 words) on an English Language or Linguistics topic of your choice. You will learn how to plan, manage and organise a large scale research project; how to identify suitable research questions and methods; how to apply these methods appropriately to primary and/or secondary materials; and how to structure and write a sustained academic argument, following academic conventions appropriate to the discipline.

In designing and implementing your research project, you will draw on skills and knowledge developed during the programme. The dissertation will allow you to work independently, drawing on the advice and guidance of a designated supervisor.

Students will develop abilities that are highly valued by employers. These include the abilities to think and work systematically and independently, to interpret data and arguments, and to communicate coherently verbally and in writing.
Throughout your dissertation project, you will therefore draw upon, and, in your final submission demonstrate, key transferable skills which are essential for employment in the contemporary world, ranging from intellectual, to organisational, to communication skills.

How will I learn on this module?

The dissertation is an individual project in which you are expected to plan, manage and carry out your own research independently. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, whose role is to meet with you individually, discuss your research and offer you guidance on the research process.

Dissertation lectures will inform you about specific issues relating to the dissertation. These will include a research ethics briefing session. We will also offer dissertation workshops, in which students meet their dissertation tutor in small groups to discuss progress and particular issues arising at various points during the module. These sessions will give you an opportunity to ask questions, to discuss your dissertation with academic staff and other students, and to receive informal formative feedback on your progress.

Your supervisor will provide written formative feedback on an outline dissertation plan at the end of semester one, and written formative feedback on a sample of draft work totalling not more than 3500 words during semester two. You will therefore learn as a result of your own independent study, and by drawing on formative feedback from your dissertation supervisor.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support on this module will come primarily from your interactions with your supervisor during individual meetings and dissertation workshop sessions. Dissertation lectures will provide briefings on key issues, such as research ethics.

The eLP will host information about the research process, in particular research ethics. Detailed assessment criteria will be provided for the dissertation, and sample dissertations will be made available to students via the eLP.

Links to dissertation guides and skills sessions will be provided, but there are no set readings for this module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of a specialised area of linguistics
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process and research methodologies: identify appropriate research questions; apply appropriate research methodologies to address specific research questions
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the research of others (by engaging with research literature) and your own research

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Present research through an extended written argument, following appropriate academic conventions (for example written style, presentation, referencing)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate good academic practice in the conduct of primary and secondary research: demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in relation to your research and ensure that research is compliant with university ethics policies and procedures.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:

Your supervisor will provide informal formative feedback on your progress during supervision meetings. The number and maximum duration of supervisions is specified in the module guide. (MLO 2,5)

1000 word outline plan (interim report) at the end of semester one. Written feedback will be provided. (MLO 1,2,3,5)
Supervisor provides written comments on 3500 words of draft work during semester two. (MLO 1,2,3,5)

Summative assessment:

10,000 word dissertation. Detailed written feedback will be provided using the dissertation feedback form. (MLO 1,2,3,4, 5)

All dissertations will be blind double marked by two internal examiners. Both examiners will provide written comments. The examiners will agree the final mark that the student will receive.





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Course info

UCAS Code Q310

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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