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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 LLM-Taught courses. It commences with a few lectures and progresses to working  in a workshop environment and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates elements such as library workshops 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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Margaret Ross
  • Dr Isla Callander

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

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • 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, part lecture/part interactive (2 hrs each)
  • 2 x 1 avoiding plagiarism workshops (1 hr)
  • 2 library workshops (2 hrs each)

 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 aovid plagiarism before they undertake assessed essays in LLM courses. Failure to attend or participate in the work of the classes will attract a C7 for the course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Llm In Business Law And Sustainable Development (September Start)
  • Llm In Energy & Environmental Law With Dissertation (September Start)
  • Llm In Intellectual Property Law With Professional Skills (Sept Start)
  • Llm International Trade Law & Treaty Negotiation W/ Prof Skills (Sept)
  • Llm in International Commercial Law with Professional Skills
  • MSc International Relations and International Law
  • MSc Strategic Studies and International Law
  • Master Of Laws In Energy Law With Professional Skills
  • Master Of Laws In Intellectual Property Law (September Start)
  • Master Of Laws In International Trade Law (September Start)
  • Master of Laws (Criminal Justice and Human Rights)
  • Master of Laws (General Law)
  • Master of Laws (International Law)
  • Master of Laws in Energy Law
  • Master of Laws in Energy and Environmental Law (September Start)
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Laws in International Commercial Law with Dissertation
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations
  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies
  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation
  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills
  • Master of Laws in Private International Law
  • Master of Laws in Public International Law

Contact Teaching Time

16 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week9
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 6, 11
  • 3 Lectures during University week7
  • 2 Lectures during University week8

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Summative Assessments

Students will pass the course upon meeting the requirements for attendance at course lectures, seminars, and workshops, and upon submitting the required assignments.  There is no counting assignment for this course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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