Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding are assessed in the 120-credit module of this MA by means of written tutor marked assignments (TMAs) and an end of module assessment (EMA). The TMAs will be structured so as to emphasise particular learning outcomes at appropriate stages of the module. For example, the first two TMAs focus on developing an understanding of critical and theoretical perspectives in the context of close textual analysis, while the third and fourth TMAs further encourage you to develop a sense of the historical development of the discipline by bringing a broader picture of reception and interpretation into view. The EMA focuses on developing an understanding of literary and book history, relevant particularly to the first two Learning Outcomes under 'Knowledge and understanding'. The remaining three Knowledge and understanding Learning Outcomes are assessed throughout this module in preparation for the 60-credit dissertation module that follows. In the latter, work on a chosen topic within a specialist area is assessed by means of a dissertation.
Cognitive skills, Practical and Professional skills and Key skills are assessed in TMAs and an EMA throughout part 1 (A815). The module builds towards research for the dissertation in part 2 (A816). An ability to independently recognise a potential area for research in literature is therefore a skill developed and assessed over both modules of the MA and is especially important to the assessment of the final dissertation. Through tuition and the marking of assessments, tutors with subject and teaching expertise will guide you towards achieving skills of evaluation and analysis appropriate to MA level.