Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Méthodologie de la recherche/ Methodology of Research

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The aim of this study is two-fold: firstly, students will learn how to master computer tools in order to undertake a bibliographical research in conformity with typographical norms, especially as far quotations, foot-notes, the table of contents and the index are concerned. It will enhance what the students already know regarding the presentation of their long essay. Secondly, it will provide students with the functional tools they require to pursue a particular research work and to look for the necessary documentation (data bases, dictionaries and on-line libraries).

Le cours comprend deux axes: le premier consiste à maîtriser les instruments informatiques afin de faire une recherche bibliographique et de respecter les normes typographiques, notamment la citation, la note en bas de page, la table des matières et l’index. Il révisera les connaissances de traitement de texte. Le second axe consiste à donner à l’étudiant les outils nécessaires afin de poursuivre une recherche en trouvant la documentation nécessaire (bases de données, dictionnaires et bibliothèques en ligne).

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
- To use computer tools in order to make a bibliographic research that complies with typographical norms (quote, footnote, table of content, index);
- To give students functional tools to pursue an academic research in French with the help of the Internet (databases, online libraries, dictionaries and encyclopaedias).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to apply French academic typographical norms using a word processor and to conduct an academic research using databases and online tools with a computer.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to improve his/her computer skills in the perspective of academic research. He/she will be proficient using information technologies for scholarly research and will be able to make a fast, efficient and selective survey of the literature available in French on a given academic subject. Those skills improve the ability to write a paper of a scholarly nature.


Beaud, Michel, L’art de la thèse. Comment préparer et rédiger une thèse de doctorat, un mémoire de DEA ou de maîtrise ou tout autre travail universitaire. Paris/La Découverte, 1997
Gourjou, Charles, Mémento typographique. Paris/Cercle de la Librairie, 1990
Mace, G. and F. Petry, Guide d’élaboration d’un projet de recherche. Sainte-Foy (Québec) / Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000


ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: Grade C or better at Matsec Advanced Level in French.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 100%

LECTURER/S Thierry Tremblay

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