HA2IS-Independent Study Module

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Sue Malvern

Email: s.b.malvern@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Students undertake an intensive investigation into an object or text such as a single work of art, a building or building complex, an artistic or architectural milieu, an exhibition or a key art historical text, selected in consultation with a supervisor. Students will develop and present a portfolio consisting of elements such as an annotated list of sources; a critical bibliography including an analysis of a selected number of key sources; an exhibition and reproduction history, including illustrations; a visual analysis; a short discursive text accounting for the art historical significance of their chosen investigation.

This module aims to introduce students to identifying topics, finding resources, marshalling arguments and selecting from material over a more sustained project or piece of writing than is required for coursework essays. It aims to provide an opportunity for the study of aspects of the history of art in depth, fostering the student's growing understanding of the nature of history of art as a subject. It aims to enable students to begin to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where their specific interests in the subject lie. It aims to foster in students the ability to take responsibility for their own learning. It aims to provide foundation work in self-management and organization of study as a preparation for the writing of a dissertation at Part 3.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to articulate and substantiate their own point of view, evaluating evidence and using reasoned arguments
  • demonstrate the management of their own work schedule, and give evidence of independence and self-motivation
  • demonstrate evidence of having seen and inspected visual artefacts, buildings, art objects or images appropriate to the topic at first hand, whether in museums and galleries or at sites in this country or in their study trip abroad in year 2
  • demonstrate the ability to use visual material effectively as evidence and illustration in written argument.

Additional outcomes:
Students need to use and demonstrate skills of planning, organization, initiative and negotiation.

Outline content:
One independent project or essay is undertaken in the Spring term. The project will arise from and be embedded within one of the student's 20 credit optional modules. Guidelines and frameworks are provided by tutors, but students are responsible for identifying topics through which to apply the guidelines or framework.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students are required to attend individual and group tutorials and to present work at key stages in the development of the project or essay.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4 2
Fieldwork 10
Guided independent study 60 124
Total hours by term 74.00 126.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students prepare one essay or project of 4-5,000 words to be submitted at the end of the first week of the summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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