Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM327: Independent Study

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module’s precise content will be decided initially in discussion with the Module Leader and thereafter in negotiation with your ISM tutor. Therefore there is no specific syllabus for this module.

The format of the module will consist of an initial discussion with the Module Leader. At this meeting the initial scope and focus of the topic will be discussed. Following this discussion you will be asked to create a short written outline of your project. The Module Leader will then allocate a module tutor who will have specialist knowledge of the substantive field of your topic and/or have expertise in the particular methodological or pedagogical approach you wish to pursue.

The module tutor will provide 4 hours of support, the form of which will be negotiated between tutor and student. The tutor may provide guidance for suggested reading material and resources; and advice on methodological/ethical issues, practice/policy issues, academic writing/referencing; etc. depending on the nature of the topic. In addition you will have access to a range of material through the Exeter Learning Environment on-line resources and the university library.

The module should be completed within 6 months.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities82 x 2 hour sessions with module lead (campus or online) to be introduced to the module, establish a topic and share assignment ideas 4 hours support from a tutor. This may be face to face, by telephone or on-line. The timetable for this support and the specific type of support will be negotiated between tutor and student at the beginning of the module
Guided Independent Study50Initial literature search and reading.
Guided Independent Study122Main study activity. This will vary according to the type of project or investigation and may include, for example, further reading, data collection and analysis, policy analysis.
Guided Independent Study20Preparation of draft report.
Guided Independent Study100Preparation of components of summative assessment item.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).