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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SPA3010 Module Title: SPANISH DISSERTATION
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: SPA3010
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Dissertation (10,000 words)

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This is a Level 3 module for Spanish. It is taught over Autumn and Spring semesters, with contact hours arranged individually between student and supervisor.
Successful completion of Level 2 Spanish modules or equivalent
Module Aims
This module allows students to research in detail an area of Spanish studies that really interests them. It provides students with the opportunity to extend both their research and writing skills in Spanish with the objective of producing a dissertation of around 10,000 words in length on an approved topic.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have developed organisational and time-management skills;
  • have developed the ability to write extensively in Spanish in an academic register;
  • have worked independently to gather data from various sources;
  • learnt to use a variety of sources, including primary sources, to research a given topic;
  • have improved presentational skills in producing the bound dissertation;
  • have improved referencing and formatting skills;
  • have greatly improved their written communication skills.
Module Content
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 placement year, and must be approved by a potential supervisor. The subject can then be more clearly defined after consultation with the supervisor.
Materials and information should be researched/gathered during the time abroad
Methods of Teaching/Learning
There are no scheduled contact hours, but students should meet supervisor regularly 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 abroad, and is in the process of choosing a topic, or carrying out research.
Selected Texts/Journals
These will vary, according to the topic chosen. Supervisors will advise students individually on appropriate sources.
All students are given Dissertation Guidance Notes before they go on placement abroad.
Last Updated
JULY 2009