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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This compulsory course provides students from diverse legal and educational backgrounds with a common understanding of the core research, analytical, and writing skills which would be required to excel in Online LLM-Taught courses. It commences with a short recorded sections of lecture content and progresses to working  in an online environment of checking understanding of referencing and plagiarism, and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates elements such as access to librarian support to provide students with hands-on experience with the resources available for course and dissertation work.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Professor Margaret Ross
  • Dr Isla Callander

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of:

  • 4 whole classes equivalent, part lecture/part interactive (2 hrs each)
  • Avoiding plagiarism workshops (2 hrs)
  • 2 library workshops (2 hrs each)
  • Online discussion sessions with course cooordinator (2x 2 hours)

In addition, students must take a short quiz to demonstrate that they have attained a practical understanding of plagiarism and referencing. Students will be given multiple opportunities to test their understanding of how to reference and avoid plagiarism before they undertake ssessed essays in LLM courses. Failure to participate in the work of the classes will attract a C7 for the course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Students will pass the course upon meeting the requirements for engagement with course class content, and workshops, and upon submitting the required assignments.  There is no counting assignment for this course.

Resubmission of assessments following feedback until learning outcomes are attained

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback on diagnostic tests and resubmissions where necessary.  Skype conversations and emails if required.

Course Learning Outcomes


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