SLL40400 Research Essays

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a Research Essays module for MA in Languages and Image Studies students.
This module offers MALI students the chance to undertake autonomous guided research in their chosen or favourite Image Studies area, through planning and writing two short Extended Guided Essays (7500 words each).

Each MA student will write two short Extended Guided Research Essays as part of this module (7500 words each total, including Bibliography).

A Research Essay involves formulating a research project on a serious (academic) topic normally arising from studies on MALI.
Each Research Essay must have a faculty Supervisor (Lecturer or TeachingFellow) overseeing it.
Research Essays will normally be written in English and will require advance planning, drafting, organisation and bibliographical work in consultation with the student’s supervisor.
Each Research Essay proposal will include a Chapter Plan and a Bibliography. (Drafts must be sent to supervisor).
Research Essays will be due on the designated date.
Each Essay is a Research project normally arising from work done during MALI.

Students will all be guided towards writing their Extended Guided Research Essays work as early as Trimester One.
Please contact the MALI Director for guidance and advice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will have
1) Developed the ability to undertake and manage an autonomous research project over a trimester in MALI
2) Planned, organised and executed a sustained and in-depth piece of academic research under the supervision and guidance of a member of academic staff (lecturer or teaching fellow)
3) Researched and developed an adequate Bibliography on a chosen Image Studies topic
4) Submitted a short Extended Guided Essay on a topic within Image Studies by the required deadline

Indicative Module Content:

Prep work for this module begins in Trimester 1.
Students will be guided towards writing 2 x Extended Guided Research Essays as part of MALI.
Please contact Programme Director to discuss and organise a topic/supervisor.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Project Supervision

10

Specified Learning Activities

200

Autonomous Student Learning

390

Total

600

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Guided Research work, which involves a great deal of independent learning, but also guided tasks and guided essay-writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students taking this module should have a BA degree, or equivalent.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Preparation for Research Essay B:
Submit Draft Essay Research Project Summary + Draft Chapter Plan + annotated Bibliography to Supervisor.
Week 1 n/a Graded No

5

No
Essay: Extended Guided Research Essay (MALI programme) - Essay B (normally but not necessarily arising from taught modules in Trimester 2). Supervisor is essential. Week 12 n/a Graded No

40

No
Essay: Extended Guided Research Essay (MALI programme) - Essay A (normally but not necessarily arising from taught Image Studies modules taken in Trimester 1). Supervisor is essential. Week 12 n/a Graded No

40

No
Assignment: Preparation for Research Essay A.
Submit Draft Essay Research Project Summary + Draft Chapter Plan + Draft annotated Bibliography to Supervisor.
Week 1 n/a Graded No

5

No
Assignment: Annotated (Draft) Bibliography Research Essay A
Includes short commentary on each entry.
Week 3 n/a Graded No

5

No
Assignment: Annotated (Draft) Bibliography Research Essay B
Includes short commentary on each entry.
Week 3 n/a Graded No

5

No

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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

It is essential that the supervisor gets a chance to discuss an Extended Guided Research Project with the student. The 'Guided' part of these Research Essays is essential.

Name Role
Dr Pascale Baker Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Marco Bellardi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eva Bru-Dominguez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Derval Conroy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Douglas Smith Lecturer / Co-Lecturer