DISSERTATION - 2017/8

Module code: ELAM020

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

WILSON A Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

X220

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) PROJECT (INDIVIDUAL DISSERTATION: 12,000-14,000 WORDS) 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This module allows students to specialise in an aspect of the programme which is of particular interest to them by writing a dissertation based on thorough research on a specific TESOL issue.  Successful completion of the module requires close collaboration with a supervisor and good planning and organisation skills.

Module aims

Allow students to work on a topic independently in depth, with appropriate guidance

Provide the opportunity for students to specialise in an aspect of the taught programme which is of particular interest

Synthesise the skills and knowledge which students have acquired during the academic year.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Compose a 12,000 – 14,000 word dissertation (excluding references) CPT
Demonstrate insight into, reflect on and critically engage with concepts related to TESOL which are of particular interest or relevance KCP
Work independently on an extended piece of work in a sustained way with guidance KCPT
Demonstrate research skills developed to a level of complexity and sophistication commensurate with masters level descriptors KCT
Plan and manage larger projects over a period of time to meet deadlines and quality expectations CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


research on a well-specified question related to TESOL drawing on relevant literature;
the integration of empirical work, case studies and theory from the area of TESOL

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to formulate appropriate research questions
Facilitate the selection of appropriate investigative tools to conduct research into an area of enquiry within the field of TESOL
Enable students to carry out a research project of significant complexity, analyse the results and present the findings in a  12,000-14,000 word dissertation


The learning and teaching methods include:


communication with programme leader to discuss possible topics
individual consultation and discussion with the programme leader and/or individual supervisors
independent research
regular meetings to discuss progress 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


the ability to compose a 12,000-14,000 word dissertation (excluding abstract, references and appendices)
insight into, reflection on and critical engagement with concepts related to TESOL which are of particular interest or relevance
the ability to work independently on an extended piece of work in a sustained way with guidance
research skills developed to a level of complexity and sophistication commensurate with masters level descriptors
the ability to plan and manage larger projects over a period of time to meet deadlines and quality expectations


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


a 12,000 – 14,000 word dissertation (excluding abstract, references and appendices.)


Formative assessment

Students will submit a proposal, a timeline and a draft literature review and will receive formative feedback on them.

Feedback

Additional feedback will be provided through meetings and/or communications with the supervisor.  

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elam020

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.