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LN906 Research Skills in Modern Languages

Module convenor and contact: Professor Ingrid De Smet

The aim of this module is to help you develop key research skills that will assist you in your work on your other MA modules, in particular the Dissertation. These skills will also stand you in good stead if you wish to continue to doctoral research after your MA.

The research techniques that you will develop and the ability to apply a chosen stylesheet consistently and accurately in order to present a piece of work to high standards are also transferable professionalising skills that are valued in a variety of jobs.

All sessions are on a Tuesday from 14:00 - 16:00. Locations and Delivery Modes may vary so please refer to your Tabula timetable and LN906 Moodle Page.

Module LN906 assessment: 2 tasks, consisting of an Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review. Formative exercises to be handed in term 1; summative items to be submitted as a portfolio in term 2. Details of the assessment and its deadlines will be posted on the Moodle page accompanying the module.

Term 1

Week 2: Using Electronic Resources in Modern Languages

Note that there are some preparatory tasks to complete before the session.

Kate Courage and Richard Perkins

 Week 3: Creating Bibliographies

Note that there are some preparatory tasks to complete before the session.

Kate Courage and Richard Perkins

Week 4: Tabula Submission of Draft Bibliography Assignment

Week 7: Writing a Literature Review

Professor Ingrid De Smet

Week 8: Writing a PhD Proposal and Applying for Funding (attendance is optional)

Professor Ingrid De Smet

Week 10: Tabula Submission of Draft Literature Review Assignment

Term 2

Week 1: Choosing and Writing a Dissertation

Professor Ingrid De Smet

Week 4: Editing, Copy-Editing and Proofreading Your Work

Professor Ingrid De Smet

Week 5: Tabula Submission of Study Skills Portfolio

Term 3

Week 4: Giving Oral Presentations (please note you will be expected to give a 5-min presentation on an aspect of your research at this session)

Professor Ingrid De Smet and others