The dissertation offers students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their research, creative practice and writing skills while engaging with a topic suggested by their work on the core and option modules. It provides a preparation for doctoral research in English, Creative Writing and related fields. The topic must be feasible, academically sound, and related to the concerns of the programme. The dissertation must develop an appropriate scholarly or creative methodology and demonstrate an advanced understanding of historical and/or theoretical issues involved in the study or composition of poetry. It must also demonstrate an ability to analyse and present complex evidence and to shape and sustain a coherent, persuasive critical
argument at masters level. It must observe appropriate stylistic and bibliographic conventions.
Students will submit a dissertation, which can be constituted either of a conventional scholarly essay of 15,000 words, or a creative portfolio consisting of the student's own poems with a critical commentary. Such a portfolio should be a maximum of 20 pages and/or (in the case of performed dissertations), a time-length of a maximum of 30 minutes for an audio or video recording, along with a 4,000 word commentary. In the commentary, students will be expected to apply their learning from other, non-core modules, including Poetry at Work, to their own practice. The commentary must illuminate what they have done, but it need not
make their own poems its primary topic. The approach taken by the commentary will be developed in ooperation with students' academic supervisor, but for example, it may be a literary-critical reflection on the historical development of a poetic tactic, and an explanation of its relation to their own work; or a reflection on the context, transmission and mediation of poetry, particularly if the piece is situated or performed. All students, whether they are producing a critical dissertation or a commentary, will be expected to demonstrate secondary reading, argument and thought about other poets.
The JP in Materials Science and Engineering at NPU will be taught in English. This module will develop the English language skills of students on the JP, extending them and ensuring that students are capable of meeting the demands of studying and being examined in English. The module will develop students' receptive skills of reading and listening, as well as the productive skills of spoken and written English, and will offer practice in formal and informal communication, using presentations, essays and English clubs. There will be an emphasis on scientific English.
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This module will provide students with an understanding of UK academic culture, and help them develop the linguistic, analytical and argumentative skills necessary to succeed on a postgraduate degree programme in both written and spoken work. The module will introduce the skills of referencing, summarising and paraphrasing and essay design and raise awareness regarding issues of plagiarism. The students will be exposed to different styles of academic texts within the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences, focusing on the development and evaluation of arguments as well as on linguistic features, such as syntactic and grammatical patterns. The module assessment includes both coursework and exam. Portfolio is used as coursework; this will provide the opportunity for review/redrafting of writing tasks as well as reflection on the process, the outcome and the development of relevant skills. Students will also write a timed essay, a final Writing exam and will also be assessed in their ability to lead and engage in academic discussions. Students will be provided with regular formative feedback on their written and oral work.