Module code: GER3024

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 278

Seminar Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION (8000 WORDS) 70
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 30

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This is a FHEQ Level 6 module for German. It is taught over Autumn and Spring semesters, with contact hours arranged individually between student and supervisor. One hour per week over both semesters for oral practice.



Module aims

Allow students to research in detail an area of German studies of their own choosing. It provides the opportunity to extend both research and writing skills in German.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have developed organisational and time-management skills PT
Have developed the ability to write extensively in German in an academic register; CPT
Have worked independently to gather data from various sources;  PT
Learnt to use a variety of sources, including primary sources, to research a given topic; PT
Have improved skills in producing the bound dissertation; PT
Have improved referencing and formatting skills KPT
Have greatly improved their written and oral communication skills KPT
Be able to give a formal oral presentation to an unknown and informed audience PT
Have achieved a high level of accuracy and flexibility in spoken and written German KPT
Have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the subject area researched KC
Have acquired research skills necessary to write an informed dissertation KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Students are encouraged to relate their topic to their work or study experience abroad and/or to their combined subject/s, although this is not compulsory.

The subject should be chosen before or during the PT year, and must be approved by a potential supervisor. The subject can then be more clearly defined after consultation with the supervisor.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:



Enable students to deepen explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through reading in the target language;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings,in the dissertation;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through individual research.
Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject under investigation.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Students have two scheduled meetings per semester with their supervisor in order to discuss ideas, and for the supervisor to give feedback on draft sections of the dissertation.

Advice may be given by email, when the student is on placement, and is in the process of choosing a topic, or carrying out research.


Assessment Strategy

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

•           Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

•           Ability to develop and defend a sound argument;

•           Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

•           Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

•           Subject-specific knowledge of a specific area of German studies.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Dissertation (8000 words). This enables the student to demonstrate their research skills, ability to write accurate academic German, presentation skills, and depth of understanding and knowledge of their subject.

Oral presentation and discussion (15 minutes). Enables students to demonstrate their ability to speak fluently in accurate academic German on their chosen subject, and engage in discussion with unknown audience on the subject.



Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will take the form of a written submission halfway through the year, which may form an integral part of the final dissertation, following feedback from the supervisor. Written and verbal feedback will also be given in supervision sessions.


Reading list

Reading list for GERMAN DISSERTATION :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and German BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and German BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.