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LS50R1: ADVANCED RESEARCH SKILLS FOR POSTGRADUATE RESEARCHERS: YEAR ONE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:53


Course Overview

This course is a year-long (two semesters) course that provides a broad range substantive, methodological, and professional training for first year PGR students. The teaching goal of the course is to provide first-year PGR students with a range of educational materials and training experiences to better enable successful outcomes in their PGR program.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 6
Session Full Year Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Roy Partain

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides a sequence of seminars during the two half-sessions. Each seminar is designed to provide a wide range of substantive learning experiences and opportunities to gain practical research skills. During the course, students will assemble a literature survey in alignment with their research project.

At the end of the second half-session, the students will be expected to present the findings of their literature review, to establish that they have gained mastery of that body of literature, and that their proposed research would result in original contributions to legal science.

 

Expected Seminar Topics to be Potentially Covered, depending on staff availability:

  • What is Legal Research?
  • Identifying Sources of Law: Primary, Secondary, & Other
  • Research Question Workshop: Elevator and Conference Blurbs
  • How to Use Libraries and other Resources of Legal Information
  • How to Structure a Dissertation
  • How to Write in Legal Research
  • Exploring Legal Methodologies
  • How to Develop and Present Research Presentations
  • How to Use Computers and Software to Make Research and Academic Writing Less Stressful
  • Exploring the History of Jurisprudence and Legal Theories
  • Exploring Legal Methodologies
  • How to Get Published: Books, Articles, and Chapters
  • Surviving Citation: The Details of Major Systems (OSCOLA, Blue Book, Etc)
  • Our School of Law: History & Perspective
  • An Introduction to Scots Law and Institutions

 The course will also feature a weekly pastoral session to check on various PGR activities and needs while they progress through the First Year PGR Program to better ensure optimal study progress and health and safety issues.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 41

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The project report and the oral presentation will be presented at the end of two-half sessions of training. Both items will be reviewed by a panel of faculty for fitness.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 41

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Word count 20000 - 30000

The project report and the oral presentation will be presented at the end of two-half sessions of training. Both items will be reviewed by a panel of faculty for fitness.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of Project Report/Dissertation - A Literature Review

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 50 Feedback Weeks 51

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Word count of between 20000 and 30000 words.

Same panel will evaluate if the Project Report was risen the standard of sufficient quality.

Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

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