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Unit information: Supervised Individual Study in 2015/16

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Unit name Supervised Individual Study
Unit code SPAIM0038
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Hewitt
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will allow a student on the M-Level programmes to explore an area of academic and/or professional interest under the guidance of a tutor who has agreed to support the student in this endeavour. Agreement will be on the proviso that the work done is not covered by content already available to the student in the taught part of the programme attended by the student. The student will undertake independent study in accordance with the published guidelines and produce a piece of work for assessment. This unit will enable participants to:-

  • Identify a suitable topic or issue for a small-scale independent project.
  • Structure patterns of study independently
  • Conduct a small-scale supervised independent study or action research project.
  • Produce a report, written account, presentation or other appropriate document as agreed with the supervisor and described in the proposal.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit participants will have developed their understanding of their chosen topic or issue. They will have gained experience and some competency in conducting this exploration, and demonstrated their ability to articulate their findings and related ideas cogently and critically.

Teaching Information

The Supervised Individual Study will normally be conducted independently on the basis of an appropriate number of one-to-one meetings with the tutor who is supervising the student.

There will be 3 tutorials of one-hour length in total for the unit (in addition to on-going, on-line tutorial support).

Assessment Information

The student’s work for assessment on this unit will comprise a paper of 2000 words or equivalent, which takes the form of a report or any other product which demonstrates that the student has developed his or her ability to explore analytically an appropriate issue or area of professional and/or academic interest.

Reading and References

Key readings will be determined by the topic being investigated and are therefore not generic to the supervised individual study mode.