HA3HDI-History of Art/History 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 leads to the completion of a dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words, excluding references and bibliography. It allows for an extended in-depth examination of a topic, drawing on the skills of both disciplines and based on guided independent research.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Produce and extended piece of in-depth research demonstrating their skills in both history of art and history
  • Achieve a detailed command of the main issues of their chosen topic, based on guided independent research
  • Acquire a detailed knowledge of their chosen topic through extensive reading of specialised literature and primary sources
  • Locate and assemble information on the topic through their own research
  • Appraise critically the primary sources and interpretations of the topic
  • Organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing using proper referencing conventions
  • Make an effective oral presentation on their dissertation topic and respond effectively to questions thereon

Outline content:
This module is compulsory to all students taking History of Art and History. Students will attend three orientation meetings in History, and those meetings designated in History of Art in the Summer Term of Year Two. They will then be asked to identify their dissertation topic. This must not overlap with a History Special Subject module, if taken. A supervisor will be assigned in each department to comment on the chosen topic's overall viability. Formal approval of the topic is required. Dissertations may involve the examination of a specific body of primary evidence, the evaluation of a particular historical controversy, or a combination of the two. Students are expected to begin their background preparation during the Summer Term of Year Two. They should undertake the bulk of their research during the summer vacation, and work on their dissertation in the Autumn and Spring terms of their third year, before submission on the Friday of Week 9 of the Spring Term. Two copies of the dissertation should be submitted, one to each department.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Supervisors are available to provide advice and assistance. Overall, students may expect five contact hours. In addition, students should attend dissertation sessions organised by both departments in the Summer Term of Year Two and the Autumn Term of Year Three. Supervisors will comment on a draft of the dissertation provided it is submitted by week six of the spring term of Year Three, and will give feedback on the oral presentation..

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 1
Tutorials 4 3
Guided independent study 120 372
Total hours by term 125.00 375.00
Total hours for module 500.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: An oral presentation of 10 minutes, with 5 minutes questioning plus completion of 3000 word draft to your supervisor by the end of term, in History of Art in the Autumn term, Final submission of a dissertation of 10-12,000 words (excluding references and bibliography) to be submitted on the Friday of Week 9 of the Spring 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:
    Re-submission by 1 September where origional submission carried a confirmed mark of less than 40%.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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