HA2ISW-Independent Study with Work Placement

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Davies

Email: p.davies@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Students find a work placement and undertake art-historical work (equivalent to a 20-credit module) as specified by the ‘employing’ organisation. Students will develop and present a portfolio consisting of elements such as a log book of work undertaken, a critical self- assessment of the work conducted and an essay which relates to the work undertaken as part of the placement.

This module aims to introduce the student to types of work that art historians conduct in the work place and to help them acquire some of the necessary skills that will be of use to prospective employers. It aims to assist students in developing their ability in finding resources, managing work loads, applying art-historical techniques to material on which they are working, as well as marshalling arguments and selecting material to enable you to complete a sustained project. It aims to provide an opportunity for the study of aspects of the history of art in depth, fostering their growing understanding of the nature of history of art as a subject. It aims to enable them to begin to identify where their specific interests in the subject lie. In addition, it aims to help them to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to foster in themselves the ability to take responsibility for their own learning, 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 that the work accomplished in the placement has fulfilled the employers requirements
-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
-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:
Students are responsible for arranging their own placements (and they can be scheduled for either the Autumn or Spring Terms). They should do so in consultation with their tutors who will be able to advise them. Once the placement has been set up students will conduct work for the ‘employer’ amounting to no more than 20 hours. In addition to undertaking work for the employer as part of the placement, students will submit a portfolio of materials to the module convenor for assessment. The content of the module will necessarily vary from placement to placement and the nature of the work to be submitted to the university will be established in consultation with the tutor according to the framework specified below under ‘assessment’. 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 need to use and demonstrate skills of planning, organization, initiative and negotiation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2 2
Guided independent study 98 98
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
- Log book (1000 words) that documents the nature of the work carried out.
- Examples of work completed as part of the placement.
- A critical self-assessment of the art-historical or transferable skills you have acquired and a statement of how it has enhanced your intellectual development (300-500 words)
- Tick-box assessment form completed by employer in a sealed envelope
- An essay that explores a topic related to the work placement. The topic must be approved by your tutor in advance (2500 words)

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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