Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Methods of Research

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit prepares students to develop the necessary skills to successfully complete a university education and compete on the job market afterwards. Students will be trained to read and think critically, to build well-argued and coherent arguments, to write good academic essays, and to deliver effective presentations. In the process, they will also learn how to compile a bibliography and cite sources, how to avoid plagiarism, and much more. The first half of the study-unit consists of a series of lectures tackling specific skills and methodologies, whereas the second half comprises a series of tutorials that put these into practice. For the tutorials, students will be divided up into groups, depending on their subject areas. This will allow them to discuss issues specific to their respective fields.

Study-unit Aims:

To train students to:

1. read and think critically;
2. collect and manage data;
3. write academic essays according to the required standards in their respective fields;
4. deliver effective presentations.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. assemble and organize data in an orderly manner;
2. demonstrate evidence of creative and critical thinking;
3. develop rational and coherent arguments;

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

1. summarize data and ideas in his/her own words, avoiding plagiarism;
2. compose academic essays based on an analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources;
3. prepare effective presentations that are clear, structured, and engaging, and which make good use of multimedia resources.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Mann, Thomas. 2005. The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd edn, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Ritter, R. M. 2002. The Oxford Guide to Style, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Turabian, Kate L. 2013. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 8th edn, Chicago: Chicago University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM1 No 30%
Essay SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Dennis Mizzi
Abigail Zammit

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