HA3EDI-History of Art/English Joint Dissertation

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / 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:
This module aims to provide the occasion for students to identify, research, and organise an extended written project.

The Dissertation is designed to develop students' independent skills in the formulation, research and scholarly presentation of an extended and substantial critical argument that draws on expertise or concepts and arguments acquired from both disciplines.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the Dissertation students will be expected to:

  • show an ability to plan, organize and carry out a substantial piece of independent research
  • identify, select and deploy in cogent argument a wide range of approprioate resources and relevant evidence
  • demonstrate, where relevant, a confident awareness of and engagement with critical debates surrounding the selected topic
  • exercise skills of editing, proof-reading and formal presentation to high standards of scholarly accuracy

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the module students will also be able to:

  • use a variety of IT resources (including word-processing software and on-line information resources)
  • organize his or her time effectively

Outline content:
The dissertation is a compulsory element in the History of Art and English degree. It provides students with the challenge of producing an extended piece of independent criticism on a topic arising from their own interests and related to knowledge and skills acquired in both departments. The acceptable range of topics is extremely wide, providing that the study makes or examines a link between visual art and literature. Aside from this basic requirement, the only restrictions on choice are that the topic must be capable of substantive critical development, and that - while the topic may relate to or grow out of work previously undertaken - it must not overlap unduly with taught materials covered in other modules the student has taken.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
While preparatory workshops on dissertation skills are organized in the Spring and Summer terms of Year 2, the module consists primarily of indenpendent study and writing. After consultation with the liaison officers, students submit a form to English with a proposed title by Week 9 of the Spring term. Students will be assigned two supervisors, one in History of Art and one in English, at the beginning of the Summer term. Students should meet with their supervisors to receive preliminary guidance and bibliographical advice during the Summer term. Thereafter, students are entitled to two supervision sessions from each supervisor during the Autumn and Spring of Part 3. Both supervisors will read and comment on one draft only of the Dissertation, provided that it is submitted by the date specified.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 1
Tutorials 4 3
Guided independent study 120 272
Total hours by term 125.00 275.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Students submit an 8,000 - 10,000 word dissertation by the Friday of Week 9 of the Spring Term in their final year.

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:
    To be resubmitted by 1 September 1 if the original carries a confirmed mark of less than 40%.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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