SCQF Level: 09
Module Code: LAW331
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: Dundee Business School
This supervised module affords students the opportunity of working on their own, developing their skills of independent legal research and learning.
The aim of this Module is to enable students to undertake a piece of independent legal research into an appropriate area, chosen by themselves and approved by their supervisors.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Develop further their ability to use and analyse legal sources, evaluate legal literature and to use legal reasoning
2. Demonstrate their ability, independently, to analyse, synthesise, and evaluate knowledge and information relating to a specific legal issue
3. Develop further their written communication skills and time management skills in the pursuit and completion of the project
4. Demonstrate higher level legal research and writing skills and reflection
1 Research led study
This module enables students to develop research skills and to acquire a deep understanding of an area of law chosen in conjunction with the module tutor.
2 Method of support and guidance
Students will build on previous research skills developed as part of coursework writing in the first and second year of study. Supervision of the project will take place through regular face-to-face meetings and electronic communication and feedback/feedforward via Pebble+.
3 Critical thinking and evaluation
Students will be expected to form a thorough understanding of the area of research, and to demonstrate further progress in higher level skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. This module will also help prepare students for their honours dissertation in fourth year.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Students are required to propose a research topic. Seminars are utilised at the beginning of the module to introduce ideas of a research proposal, conducting legal research, literature searches, legal writing, reflection and time management. Students work independently throughout the module but meet with their individually allocated supervisor on a regular basis. The independent piece of research, with personal supervision requires critical analysis and synthesis of ideas from disparate areas, building on up to date legal academic commentary and case law, which the students have to research, acknowledging multiple perspectives, and engaging with contested knowledge. Students will be required to engage with and communicate with their supervisor via Pebble+ to facilitate their learning and develop as reflective learners and practitioners. In week 26 individual summative feedback on the project summary element of unit 1 is released via Pebble+ and further discussed in student/supervisor meetings. The feedback given also provides feedforward for the second part of this unit, the reflective log, which students are required to submit to their supervisor via Pebble+ on a weekly basis thereafter.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||6|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.