HA3JDA-History of Art Joint Dissertation

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

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 orgnise an extended written project.

This module aims to provide the occasion for students to identify, research and orgnise an extended written project.

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

  • demonstrate the ability to identify, and if necessary, refine, with a supervisor's guidance, a topic appropriate to the length of a dissertation and capable of generating fruitful enquiry
  • sustain an argument over a lengthy piece of writing that marshals evidence and information derived from a variety of sources, as appropriate to the topic, including data derived from direct experience of the works of art, architecture and/or texts under discussion
  • evaluate sources and information critically
  • demonstrate appropriate use of scholarly apparatus for referencing sources and ideas
  • use visual evidence and illustrations effectively, and as an integral part of a critical examination of a particular theme, issue or problem.

Additional outcomes:
Students need to use, and demonstrate their use of, techniques for managing their own work schedule, and to give evidence of independence and self-motivation sustained over an extended time period. The module also aims to consolidate research and IT skills, in using library and other appropriate resources.

Outline content:
A dissertation is undertaken within the guidelines and advice provided through general, small-group, and individual tutorial meetings.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students are required to attend general, small-group, and tutorial meetings and to present work at key stages in the development of the dissertation. Small tutorial groups meet in the following autumn and spring terms. Throughout the preparation period, students are expected to initiate, prepare for, and attend individual tutorial meetings with their dissertation tutor.

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:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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 carries a confirmed mark of less than 40%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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