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Unit information: Personal Option Unit in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

Unit name Personal Option Unit
Unit code AFACM0007
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Damien Mooney
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

None

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

None

Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit offers M-level students the opportunity to tailor a personal piece of study by affiliation to one of the available UG units in their subject or, subject to permission, another subject within the faculty. In consultation with the unit leader, the student will attend the elements of the unit deemed appropriate to develop their own individual project based on the themes and structure of the unit chosen.

Aims: This unit will enable students to:

  • Identify a suitable topic for a small-scale independent research project on a given theme developed within a taught unit
  • Structure their patterns of study independently while benefitting from structured class time within a taught unit
  • Conduct a small-scale independent study
  • Produce a 5,000 word essay or another assignment of comparable academic weight, as approved by the unit leader of the unit on which it is based, and in keeping with the objectives of the programme on which the student is studying.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  • Developed their knowledge and understanding of their particular topic and method of research
  • Demonstrated a capacity to approach research in an appropriately conceived and structured way, making use of appropriate methodologies
  • Have structured their own independent patterns of study in relation to the structure of the unit in which they have been engaged
  • Produced a 5,000 word essay or another assignment of comparable academic weight as approved by the unit leader and in keeping with the objectives of the programme on which the student is enrolled

How you will learn

Attendance of taught elements of an available UG unit in consultation with the unit leader; guided reading; independent study.

How you will be assessed

5,000 word essay or another assignment of comparable academic weight; as approved by the unit leader and in keeping with the objectives of the programme on which the student is enrolled

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. AFACM0007).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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