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Most Subjects offer an Independent Study module (number UXXX88) as an advanced one-semester single module, acceptable to the sponsoring Subject and available in any semester.
The Independent Study module widens the opportunities for swift response to student and staff interests, for inclusion within the course of syllabus material which could not economically be sustained as a formal module, and for students to undertake work within the programme (in addition to a Project or Dissertation) which is substantially self-directed. It is also in harmony with current credit accumulation and transfer developments.
The module involves individual or group work in an appropriate topic or set topics, conducted under supervision and with the prior approval of the Subject Committee.
Examples (not intended to be exclusive) are:
The student must register for the module and complete Form M88: Registration for an Independent Study Module (Word .doc) which is available from Student Central before commencing the module.
A proposed specification of what is to be undertaken in the module, any prerequisites or co-requisites, and the method of assessment (Form M88) must be agreed by the student and supervising tutor, preferably early in the semester prior to that in which the module is to be taken, and usually by Week 10 at the latest.
The specification must be approved by the Subject Committee and the student given a completed copy of form M88, confirming acceptability of the proposed study, by the end of the semester before the semester in which the study is undertaken. The completed form must be submitted by the student to Student Central. The form M88 is a sort of contract between the Subject and the student and so must be completed precisely.
The student may withdraw from an Independent Study module up to the end of Week 2 of the semester in which the module is taken. Deletion after this deadline is not permitted.
The Supervising Tutor is responsible for:
Note: This leaves a wide range of discretion to individual tutors, subjects and subject areas to identify, advertise and negotiate particular areas of study, as well as to respond to student initiatives. There may be different supervising tutors in any semester for different specifications.
The Module Leaderis responsible for:
Note: Subject Committees may wish to give module leaders additional wider responsibility for encouragement and co-ordination of Independent Study within the Subject. It will be apparent that Subjects cannot and do not guarantee to be able to meet the requirements of all specifications proposed by students.
There is no fixed formula for assessment, other than the following requirements:
Examples (not exclusive) are: