Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3151B: Research Paper (Term 2)

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

You MUST define your research paper title and approach a potential supervisor for a preliminary discussion by the end of week 1.


The allocation of supervisors is confirmed by the module convenor shortly afterwards.


This module is essentially facilitated through individual supervision, which is expected to take place regularly throughout term following a schedule discussed and agreed between you (the supervisee) and your supervisor.


In addition, three one-hour sessions will provide you with general support and guidance.

A room is booked every fortnight for all students registered on this module to meet and discuss their research and progress during the term – you are strongly encouraged to participate in these research discussion meetings.


ELE is used to provide you with materials  and to enable the module convenor to communicate with you throughout the duration of the module.


You will have to keep a ‘learning log’ to reflect on your research as it progresses. This is a formative part of the module (ie non-assessed) and you are encouraged to write regular entries in your journal each week to monitor and reflect on how your research is developing. As a rough guide you may wish to write one page of reflective notes per week. You and your supervisor may wish to discuss this during supervision meetings.


NOTE: If you think that as part of your research you will need to carry out interviews, issue questionnaires or undertake any other form of interaction with people, you MUST discuss this with your supervisor with regard to research ethics. Any such research may only go ahead with express approval from the module convenor.

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 and Teaching Activities3Individual Supervision meetings – length and frequency to be agreed with supervisor but a minimum of approx. 3 hours of contact are expected over the term.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3Three 1 hour group training sessions on research preparation, skills and legal academic writing.
Guided Independent Study143Guided independent study – the precise nature of your individual independent research, drafting and writing up will vary according to your research paper and your needs, but as an indicative guide this work may include:learning log (6 hours); attending and participating in student research discussion meetings (6 hours); identifying and locating research materials (10 hours); carrying out research, reading and taking notes (61 hours)

Online Resources

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