ENG30970 Dissertation Research Methods

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is intended to provide the necessary training in methods and resources for the completion of a dissertation. It is the first of two core modules in dissertation writing for Single Subject Major English students (and is available only to SSME students.) It will feature writing and research methods workshops and lectures, and will focus in particular on the drafting of viable research proposals for dissertation projects, on the evaluation of appropriate sources through the production of an annotated bibliography, on the necessary components of a dissertation from abstract through to appendices, of learning how to pace the research process and take accurate notes through the production of a research journal, and how to implement correct scholarly practice. Theoretical and archival methodologies will also be discussed and evaluated.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

-To learn how to produce a focused, viable, original research proposal-To develop skills in evaluating sources-To discover how to choose appropriate theoretical methodologies-To improve referencing, organization and appropriate scholarly presentation skills-To begin treating research as a process rather than a final product-To utilize libraries and resources more effectively-To become ready to write a substantial undergraduate dissertation-To learn how to work effectively with supervisors

Indicative Module Content:

Preparation for the writing of an undergraduate dissertation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Participative seminars, peer-review, independent learning, research journal. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Additional Information:
Pre-requisite: one of the modules listed.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Annotated Bibliography Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Continuous Assessment: Learning Journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Portfolio: Final Research Proposal Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be offered on individual components on an ongoing basis

Name Role
Dr Catríona Clutterbuck Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emma Bennett Tutor
Dr Tupur Chattopadhyay Tutor
Assoc Professor Lucy Collins Tutor
Assoc Professor Luca Crispi Tutor
Assoc Professor Sharae Deckard Tutor
Professor Fionnuala Dillane Tutor
Professor Porscha Fermanis Tutor
Professor Jane Grogan Tutor
Professor Eamonn Jordan Tutor
Professor Margaret Kelleher Tutor
Assoc Professor Jorie Lagerwey Tutor
Assoc Professor Naomi McAreavey Tutor
Dr Anthony McIntyre Tutor
Assoc Professor Anne Mulhall Tutor
Professor Diane Negra Tutor
Dr Harvey O'Brien Tutor
Dr Michelle O'Connell Tutor
Assoc Professor Niamh Pattwell Tutor
Dr Emma Radley Tutor
Dr Martha Shearer Tutor
Dr Ashley Taggart Tutor
Assoc Professor Nerys Williams Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 11:50