Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Skills

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Diplomatic Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides the students with the necessary set of skills and practices needed to write a research paper. These include the drafting of a clear title and a focused set of questions which the researcher must answer in the course of writing.

Study-unit Aims

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce the students to the skills required for writing and researching effectively.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify a focused research title and question;
2. Become familiar with different methodologies.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate different sources and resources;
2. Write academic papers concisely and precisely.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings
All texts are available at MEDAC Library

Anderson, J. 2002. Thesis and Assignment Writing, John Wiley & Sons, US.
Mounsey, C. 2002. Essays and Dissertations, Oxford, UK.
Strunk, W. I. 1999. The Elements of Style, Longman.
Wisker, G. 2007. The Postgraduate Research Handbook, Palgrave.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Presentation SEM1 No 50%

LECTURER/S Stephen Calleya (Co-ord.)
Omar Grech
Derek Lutterbeck
Lourdes Pullicino
Monika Wohlfeld

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