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Unit information: Discipline-Specific Research Project in 2014/15

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Unit name Discipline-Specific Research Project
Unit code LANG00005
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2D (weeks 19 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gillway
Open unit status Not open

Research and Report Writing, Exploring British Academic Culture, Essential Academic Writing, Essential Text Response



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This mandatory 20-credit unit forms part of the International Pre-Master's Programme (IPP), which explores the way in which subject knowledge is communicated in English across a range of disciplines at and beyond Master’s level. Students will leave the programme fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed at this level at a top British university and the confidence to communicate ideas with academics, peers or the public. This unit aims to:

  • develop reading and writing skills acquired in previous modules through application to an extended research project based on written sources related to your future studies;
  • present and practise core language and skills for formal academic oral presentations;
  • tackle typical language problems in your written academic English.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to: use the library and internet to find appropriate academic sources in the discipline; read, understand and evaluate some literature in the field of study; select appropriate evidence from sources to support ideas; synthesise ideas from more than one source; plan, draft, redraft and edit an essay of 1,500 – 2,000 words which is well-organised, and clearly expressed in student's own words with appropriate referencing; present research orally; edit own written work effectively.

Teaching Information

Learning will be facilitated in small classroom groups (12-16)and one-to-one tutorials.

Assessment Information

Course Work (50%)

1,500 – 2,000-word essay based on library research of a topic selected from your intended subject area. (10% for process & 40% for product)

Final exams (50%)

- Timed editing task (20%) - 15-minute oral presentation (+ Q & A session) on research topic (30%)

Reading and References

Bell, D.(2008) Passport to Academic Presentations. Reading: Garnet