LW6048 - Work Based Project

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn to independently reflect upon and critically analyse an aspect of legal professional practice or substantive law that you have either

observed or engaged in during a period of work-based experience. You will be able to identify and utilise an appropriate research methodology

to conceptualise, theorise and undertake research into a complex problem arising in the context of legal practice. This will advance your

understanding and knowledge of legal professional practice and/or the substantive law.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will predominately be focused on independent learning, centred upon you identifying appropriate reading and research

methodology to provide a deeper/broader knowledge of legal professional practice or substantive law.

You will receive one on one support, guidance and feedback from an academic supervisor. Practice- based supervision will normally be

located within the Student Law Office. Substantive legal research projects will be supported by the expertise of staff from within Signature

Research Areas.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module plan will provide a number of prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain

feedback from peers and your individual academic project supervisor on a one to one basis. There will also be timetabled large group sessions

to provide guidance on overarching issues relating to your project.

You will attend a series of project briefing lectures which will introduce you to the process of researching and writing your project. The lectures

will set out expectations of students engaged on the module, provide general advice on formulating a viable research question within your field

of study/practice, point to key dates and provide recommended timelines, and advise on relevant ethical considerations. Lectures will also

provide generalised guidance on writing/structuring your project, and on researching/referencing skills.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University. In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles. The Programme Administration and Student Support Teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and returning your marks. They will contact you through the duration of your module with any relevant details about the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding At the end of the module you will have: Developed the skills to appropriately research a substantive area of law and/or practice, including the location and evaluation of appropriate primary and secondary sources. Developed in depth knowledge and understanding of your particular research topic, and be able to locate and apply current theories and critical scholarship at the forefront of your area of research. Intellectual/Professional Skills & Abilities At the end of the module you will have: Developed the ability to conduct self-directed research including accurate identification of issues which require research, retrieval and evaluation of primary and secondary sources relevant to your dissertation topic. Developed the ability to conduct enquiries in your field of study, and to locate and cite appropriate evidence in order to support your arguments.
Developed the ability to properly structure and compose a piece of long form academic writing, and to communicate legal arguments in a clear and accessible fashion, within accepted academic conventions. Developed the ability to consolidate and apply your knowledge and understanding of your area of research to complex practical or hypothetical situations, and to advance understanding to provide solutions and construct sustainable and evidenced arguments. Personal Values Attributes At the end of this module you will have: Developed the ability to work independently, exercising initiative, judgement and self-management skills in the process of researching and writing your project.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment will be achieved through the submission of a dissertation synopsis. You will outline your proposed methodology, main research themes, the anticipated structure of the project and a basic literature review. The function of the exercise is to clarify these points at an early stage and for you to obtain feedback on your proposed research. You must complete a synopsis to the satisfaction of your supervisor before proceeding with your dissertation. You will receive regular support, guidance and feedback from your academic project supervisor.

Summative Assessment will be undertaken on an individual basis via the submission of your completed dissertation. This work constitutes 100% of the mark awarded for this module. The completed work must be between 10,000-15,000 words in length.
This assessment provides an opportunity to display high level research and legal writing skills and to explore an area of substantive in-depth. It will also allow you to gain awareness of critical scholarship in your area of study. Assessment criteria are provided in a marking grid to enable you to understand what is expected of you and how you will be judged on your performance. You will be provided with appropriate written feedback from your academic project supervisor following the submission of the completed work.





Module abstract

This module provides you with an opportunity to explore and reflect upon your engagement with legal professional practice. You will draw

upon your work based learning during the course of the module, to identify and reflect upon an aspect of professional practice or substantive

law that you have observed. You will critically engage with the literature, utilising Northumbria University’s extensive online databases and

library facilities, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of that aspect of legal professional practice or substantive law. Throughout

the course of the module you will receive support, guidance and feedback on a one to one basis from an academic project supervisor. Your

final assessment will be by way of dissertation which will consolidate your understanding and evidence the learning acquired throughout the

course of the module.

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5-6 years part-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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