Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3196: Independent Research

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Understanding what is a suitable research topic
  • How to locate a suitable research topic
  • Researching and writing a literature review
  • Elements of a research proposal
  • Deciding upon a methodology and approach
  • Planning the dissertation and time management

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 activities55 hours of staff-led sessions teaching dissertation skills to students
Guided independent study280Researching and writing the research proposal and literature review
Guided independent study15Reading the assigned literature for staff-led sessions

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/