HAMIR-Independent Research

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 30 [15 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:
The Independent Research module is designed to give students the opportunity to undertake a piece of bespoke research. This piece of research will be suggested to them by a museum or gallery or else by a member of the teaching staff.

This module aims to develop students' skills in carrying out independent research. It will enable them to learn to manage their time, to be self-motivating and to begin to identify an independent perspective on the history of art, establishing their own interests in specific periods and approaches.

Assessable learning outcomes:
It is expected that students will be able to

  • identify topics and know how to develop these
  • research sources and bibliographies
  • analyse arguments and ideas
  • write coherently and succinctly to a self-selected topic

Additional outcomes:
Students will demonstrate skills of organization, initiative and self-motivation, as well as interpersonal and negotiation skills. They will demonstrate the appropriate use of IT including on-line bibliographic resources.

Outline content:
Essay topics will be independently developed in individual tutorials for which students will prepare material and outlines of essays in development. Students will be assigned an essay adviser. Students will attend the open research seminars hosted by History of Art, given by outside speakers and staff members in History of Art (normally four per term). There will be two follow up seminars which will analyse the research methodology and aims of papers given.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Participation in open research seminars, additional seminars requiring preparatory reading, tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 14
Guided independent study 286
Total hours by term 300.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: one 5,000 word essay.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Coursework that does not bear a confirmed mark of 50% or more must be resubmitted by 1 September.

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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