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Unit information: Supervised Individual Study in 2015/16

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Unit name Supervised Individual Study
Unit code AFACM0008
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 Mr. Metelerkamp
Open unit status Open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This faculty-wide unit is open to students on any MA programme in the faculty. It will enable students to pursue a defined and focused specialist interest under the guidance of a member of academic staff. Through this unit, students have the opportunity to explore particular topics, either in more depth than is offered within existing taught units,and/or in a more self-directed way. The student will be expected to draft a proposal for the study and to approach an appropriate member of staff as a potential supervisor. Students who are appropriately qualified or trained may develop a practical project as a Supervised Individual Study.


This unit will enable students to:

  • Identify a suitable topic for a small-scale independent research project
  • Structure their patterns of study independently
  • Conduct a small-scale independent research project
  • Produce a 5,000 word essay or other appropriate and equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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
  • Structured their own independent patterns of study
  • Produced a 5,000 word essay or equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Teaching Information

Individual tutorials (normally 3 hours); guided reading; independent study and research.

Assessment Information

5000 word essay or equivalent documentation of practice, artefact or presentation, as agreed with supervisor (100%)

Reading and References

Dependent on the area of study.