|Staff||Dr Giacomo Fedeli - |
|Pre-requisites||Completion of the required proposals.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will allow you to carry out independent research in a sustained way on a topic of your choice (with advice) and to present the findings of the research in an extended piece of analytical writing in academic prose.
Although you will work for the most part independently, each dissertation will be supervised by a member of staff, to be assigned by the module convenor. Supervisors will read and comment on drafts, giving advice on the style, the argument, and directions for further investigation. There should be at least five meetings between you and your supervisor, and it is in your interest, and obligation, to attend all meetings that are arranged.
The decision to write a dissertation should not be taken lightly. Not all students find the degree of independent learning and thinking required for the writing of a dissertation appropriate for their learning style.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Identify a suitable topic in Classics and Ancient History and relevant research questions
- 2. Carry out independent research
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Think creatively and independently and to create a sustained written argument
- 4. Create a sustained written argument
- 5. Evaluate critically existing literature
- 6. Collate and analyse data from a range of different sources
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Work independently
- 8. Plan work over a longer time-scale
The topic of the dissertation must be decided early in the Summer Term of the second year. Any student who wishes to write a dissertation must consult a member of staff for guidance on the topic. You will be expected to have already at least a rough idea of the area within which you wish to work; members of staff will help you define the topic in detail and give assistance with bibliography. The exact subject must be signed off by a member of the Department and submitted to the module convenor by the end of the first week after the Easter vacation of your second year, and you will need to start work during the summer. Although you may seek assistance in forming your proposal with members of staff, it cannot be guaranteed that this person will be your supervisor. Dissertation supervisors will be allocated prior to the start of the first term of your third year.
By the first week back after the Easter vacation of your second year, you should have submitted the following: a) a brief account of the dissertation topic, indicating the research questions which you intend to address b) a chapter plan, with brief statements of the projected content of each chapter c) a bibliography of the works which you have consulted or will need to consult, set out in the format you will use in the dissertation itself d) a description of the range of source material available on your topic, with a brief statement of how you intend to handle it and any problems of method which it may pose. (A dissertation proposal form is available as part of the Dissertation Handbook which can be found at https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/subjecthandbooks/classics/).
You must submit a 2,000 word extended proposal at the beginning of the first week of term of your final year. The plan will not be marked, and you will be free to change direction as your research progresses. If you fail to submit the extended proposal, you will be assigned to a taught module.
In January/February of your third year you will present your project at a Dissertation Conference, organised by the module convenor, in which all the students on the module will have an opportunity to present and receive feedback from other finalists, as well as by the members of staff.
Dissertations are regarded as examinable components and, as such, feedback will not be available until after the exam board has met.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||2||Meetings with dissertation module convenor|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||5||Meetings with dissertation supervisor|
|Guided independent study||293||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Extended dissertation proposal (at registration day for the final academic year)||2,000 words||1-7||Oral feedback|
|Presentation at the dissertation conference||5 minutes||1-7||Feedback forms|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dissertation||100||10 000 to 12 000 words||1-7||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
To be agreed between you and your supervisor.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Available as distance learning?
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