HS3DCG-Dissertation Completion in History and German

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer / Autumn / Spring module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS3YDPG Dissertation Preparation in History and German
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Anne Lawrence

Email: a.e.mathers-lawrence@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module leads to the completion of a dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words, excluding references and bibliography. It allows for an extended in-depth examination of a historical topic, drawing on the skills of both disciplines and based on guided independent research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module and its co-requisite, it is expected that students will be able to:
Produce an extended piece of in-depth research demonstrating their skills as a historian
Achieve a detailed command of the main issues of their chosen topic, based on guided independent research
Acquire a detailed knowledge of their chosen topic through extensive reading of specialised literature and primary sources
Locate and assemble information on the topic through their own research
Appraise critically the primary sources and interpretations of the topic
Organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing using proper referencing conventions
Make an effective oral presentation on their dissertation topic and respond effectively to questions thereon

Additional outcomes:
The dissertation aims to develop powers of synthesis and analysis, and of summary. Students develop IT skills through word processing, the use of on-line resources, bibliographical searching, and a high standard of presentation.

Outline content:
This module is compulsory to all joint degree students taking German and History.
Students will attend three orientation meetings in History in the Spring Term of Part Two. They will then be asked to identify their dissertation topic. This must not overlap with a Special Subject module, if taken. A supervisor will be assigned in each department to comment on the chosen topic’s overall viability. Formal approval of the topic is required. Dissertations may involve the examination of a specific body of primary evidence, the evaluation of a particular historical controversy, or a combination of the two. Students are expected to begin their background preparation during the Summer Term of Part Two. They should meet with both their supervisors to receive preliminary guidance and bibliographical advice. Thereafter, during the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms of the year abroad, students work on the German part of their dissertation through their Dissertation Preparation Module and maintain email contact with their supervisors. On their return, students meet with their History supervisor early in the Autumn term and again in the Spring term, before submission on the last day of the Spring term.

20 level 6 credits of the 40 credit joint dissertation are placed in the year abroad (Dissertation Preparation Module) with a further 20 in the final year (Dissertation Completion Module). When the module mark for the Dissertation Completion Module is known that mark is entered for both dissertation modules. The 20 credits taken during the year abroad (Dissertation Preparation) therefore has no result until it is assessed alongside the Part 3 dissertation module (Dissertation Completion). The mark for the Dissertation Preparation module does not affect progression from the Year Abroad to Part 3, students may therefore progress to Part 3 with no mark for the Dissertation Preparation module.

The weighted average for four year degrees with a year abroad is calculated on the basis of 2:3:4 (part 2: YA: part 3). Therefore, where the dissertation is split across the year abroad and the final year, the ‘Dissertation Preparation’ module will be weighted at 3, while the ‘Dissertation Completion’ module will be weighted at 4.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Supervisors are available to provide advice and assistance. Students should attend the dissertation sessions organised by the History Department in the Spring Term of Part Two and on their return from the year abroad in the Autumn Term of Part Three. The History supervisor will read and comment on a draft of the dissertation provided it is submitted by Friday of week four of the Spring Term of Part Three, and will give feedback on the oral presentation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1 3
Tutorials 2 2 2
Fieldwork 90
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 193.00 5.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
An oral presentation of 10 minutes, with 5 minutes questioning, at the end of the Autumn term, and a dissertation of 10-12,000 words (excluding references and bibliography) to be submitted on the last day of the Spring term in both hard copy and electronic format via Blackboard.
Dissertation: 90% on completion of HS3YDPG
Oral assessment and presentation: 10% on completion of HS3YDPG

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:
    Re-submission of the dissertation by the last Friday of August. Re-assessment is by dissertation alone.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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