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Unit information: Supervised Individual Study in 2021/22

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Unit name Supervised Individual Study
Unit code AFACM0008
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Damien Mooney
Open unit status Not open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This faculty-wide unit is open to students on any MA programme in the faculty. It will enable students to pursue a defined and focused specialist interest under the guidance of a member of academic staff. Through this unit, students have the opportunity to explore particular topics, either in more depth than is offered within existing taught units,and/or in a more self-directed way. The student will be expected to draft a proposal for the study and to approach an appropriate member of staff as a potential supervisor. Students who are appropriately qualified or trained may develop a practical project as a Supervised Individual Study.


This unit will enable students to:

  • Identify a suitable topic for a small-scale independent research project
  • Structure their patterns of study independently
  • Conduct a small-scale independent research project
  • Produce a 5,000 word essay or other appropriate and equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  • Developed their knowledge and understanding of their particular topic and method of research
  • Demonstrated a capacity to approach research in an appropriately conceived and structured way, making use of appropriate methodologies
  • Structured their own independent patterns of study
  • Produced a 5,000 word essay or equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Teaching Information

Individual tutorials (normally 3 hours); guided reading; independent study and research.

Assessment Information

5000 word essay or equivalent documentation of practice, artefact or presentation, as agreed with supervisor (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.