HS1HDS-Directed Study in History

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS1SSH Study Skills in History
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Jeremy Burchardt

Email: j.burchardt@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is compulsory for all SINGLE SUBJECT and JOINT History students with the exception of joint Archaeology students where this module is optional.

Aims:
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day many intriguing and exciting events have occurred in world history. This module allows students to choose a topic of their own within this period to explore in greater detail, whilst at the same time developing their practical skills as a historian.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•identify and evaluate the major interpretative issues associated with the directed study
•engage critically in historical debate on the subject selected for directed study
•conduct independent research
•locate and synthesise appropriate information
•demonstrate familiarity with bibliographical conventions and mastery of library skills
•organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing and orally.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to:
• develop IT skills through the use of relevant resources and to develop presentation skills.

Outline content:
Students who take this module are required to take HS1SSH, Study Skills in History, in the previous term. Students will have the same supervisor for both modules. The student will meet with their supervisor in week 1 of the Spring term to discuss the coursework required for this term: the Presentation and the Essay Plan. The Presentation will be given in either week 2 or week 3 of the Spring term, as arranged with the supervisor. In week 5 there will be a supervision, at which the Essay Plan (one side of A4) will be submitted in hard copy. In week 7 there will be another supervision, at which feedback on the Essay Plan will be given and progress with the Directed Study discussed. There will be one further tutorial with the supervisor, in week 1 of the summer term, to ensure that the final stages of completing the Directed Study are on track. The ultimate objective is the preparation of a 2,500 word study on the question chosen. This must be supported by proper referencing and by a list of the relevant bibliographic and web resources identified.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two one hour group seminars and three supervisions in the Spring term and a further feedback supervision after the exam period in the Summer term.

Students are reminded to email their Directed Study supervisors for help and advice whenever needed.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 2
Tutorials 6 2
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Presentation = 10%. You will give your presentation in week 2 or 3 of the Spring term, as arranged with your supervisor. You must submit a Hard Copy of the slides used in your presentation to your supervisor at the class in which you give the presentation.

Essay Plan = 10%; To be Submitted as a Hard Copy to your supervisor, in week 5 of the Spring term.

Directed Study Essay = 80%; To be submitted on Blackboard and as a Hard Copy to the History Office, by latest 12 noon on the Friday of week 3 of the Summer term.

Formative assessment methods:
N/A

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with University policy. The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
•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 marks of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
•where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded. 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.
•(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

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:
    N/A

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) only in August. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Any element which is re-sat in August is capped at 40%. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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