HS3HSD-Short Dissertation in History

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Summer / Autumn / Spring module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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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 7,500 and 9,000 words, excluding references and bibliography. It allows for an extended in-depth examination of a historical topic, based on guided independent research

Aims:
This module leads to the completion of a dissertation of between 7,500 and 9,000 words, excluding references and bibliography. It allows for an extended in-depth examination of a historical topic, based on guided independent research

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Produce an extended piece of in-depth historical 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 historical 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 optional for all joint degree students taking History and Economics.

Students will attend three orientation meetings at the end of 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 to comment on its overall viability. Formally approval of the topic is required. Dissertations may involve the examination of a specific body of primary source material, 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 and to undertake the bulk of their research during the summer vacation, and to work on their dissertation in the Autumn and Spring terms of their third year, before submission on the last day of the Spring term.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Supervisors are available to provide advice and assistance. Overall, students may expect six tutorial contact hours. In addition, students should attend the dissertation sessions organised by the Department in the Spring Term of Part Two and Autumn Term of Part Three. The supervisor will read and comment on a draft of the dissertation provided it is submitted by 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 7,500-9,000 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.

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:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

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

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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