HS2TPH-Historical Themes in Practice

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Lindy Grant

Email: l.m.grant@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is compulsory for all single subject History students and joint honours students where History is the first named (lead) Department.

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply their subject-based skills to a practical project involving both independent analysis and group co-operation, as well as developing expertise in project-design, time-management and career planning. The emphasis will be on both critical thinking and transferable skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
Conceive and plan a group project
Bring a project to fruition by organised, collaborative work
Organise material and articulate arguments effectively
Evaluate their project
Display transferable skills within the areas of presentation-giving and IT
Reflect on the relevance of their programme for future career planning, and think
critically about career development and employability
Recognise and be able to write an effective application informed by their
understanding of the recruitment and selection processes.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop interpersonal skills and to encourage confidence in the use of archives and Special Collections. Both facilitate employability, as does the careful forward-looking planning of a reflective report on career plans and the compiling of a CV.

Outline content:
Students are required early in the Spring Term to choose one of the listed projects, some of which will involve an academic placement.

Students will be divided into groups, and will work independently and as a group on their projects, producing a portfolio and keeping a log of their activities and division of labour. Group presentations of the portfolios must be given in the Summer term, and will include students’ peer-assessment of their own work and that of their group. The portfolios will be submitted following the presentations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This is identified as an independent activity which also encourages both co-operation and self-reflexivity. Students will be expected to make necessary plans and arrangements themselves, with the support of a supervisor. A proposal for the chosen project must be presented to the module convenors by Week 5, upon which feedback will be given. Group supervision arrangements will be coordinated by the module convenor and take place via e-mail. To support the group presentations, lectures will be given and staff from the University’s collections will be available for advice. There will also be talks from SEEC staff on career planning and writing a CV.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Project Supervision 74
Fieldwork 100
Guided independent study 20
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Project output other than dissertation 90

Other information on summative assessment:
Students should submit an individual reflective report on their career planning accompanied by a CV in the Summer term. (Report: 10%)

The project is presented and submitted in the Summer term. This should include, or be accompanied by, appropriate illustrative and supporting materials plus a log of activities and division of labour. (Project: 90% - [Portfolio, 40%, Presentation 40%, Log 20%])

Guidance will be given on the weightings of the different elements, including the presentation, and on how peer assessment is to be conducted. The Group Project portfolios should be handed in at the presentation. The CV and Reflective Report should be handed in to the History Office by noon on the Wednesday of the first week of the Summer 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:
    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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