HAMRM-Research Methods

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Davies

Email: p.davies@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module introduces students to a range of key art-historical research methods.

In providing an overview of the resources available to art historians, the module aims to instruct students in how to use them and in how to determine which of them is the most appropriate for particular research projects.

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

  • identify and develop research questions appropriate to a particular topic
  • build a fully annotated bibliography and present it in a recognised format
  • demonstrate a knowledge of how to conduct research appropriate to a particular type of artwork
  • use visual sources including specialised methods of annotating illustrations and cataloguing works of art and buildings

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate skills in organization and presentation and will enhance their skills in using libraries and Web-based resources.

Outline content:
This module will provide the students with the skills and resources needed to conduct a research project on an art-historical topic. It will deal with how to plan a research project, how build a bibliography, and how to use archives and where to find images and photographic records. It will also give the students instruction in the specific research methods appropriate to the investigation of particular types of artwork, such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and buildings. It will provide them with advanced skills in visual analysis.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One one-hour seminar a week, requiring preparatory reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10
Tutorials 2 2
External visits 16
Guided independent study 58 12
Total hours by term 86.00 14.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: students will prepare a portfolio that will include specific tasks such as generating research questions, building a bibliography, and finding archival images. The portfolio will be approximately 3,000 words in length.

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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