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Unit information: Special Independent Study in 2015/16

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Unit name Special Independent Study
Unit code SPOLD2025
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Payne
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is used in exceptional circumstances that require an individually negotiated programme of study, submission of work and assessment that could not be met by any other available unit in the programme. The unit devised for these purposes must be consistent with and contribute to significant aspects of the Programme Specification.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes achieved by a successful candidate will be:

  • Advancing knowledge and understanding by independent study
  • Demonstrating intellectual skills and attributes at an appropriate level
  • Undertaking substantially self-motivated and directed work at doctoral level
  • Enhancing practical, professional and/transferable skills

The methods of demonstrating these outcomes will vary according to the negotiated programme of study within the framework of the Programme Specification.

Teaching Information

The primary method of academic support is provided through negotiating a programme of reading and/or relevant activity supported by opportunities for discussion with academic tutor(s) and responding to comments and suggestions about ideas and submitted draft text. These contacts may be by face to face communication, by web-based services or other means. Opportunities are also provided to participate in and to make presentations in departmental research seminars and doctoral conferences. Additional support may be available from support services and informal contacts with other staff and students.

Assessment Information

A 4,000 word assignment or equivalent is assessed by two markers with expertise within the negotiated field of study.

Reading and References

To be negotiated according to the topic of the Special Independent Study.