HSMDE1-Diploma Extended Essay

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: HSM03 Dissertation
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Kate Williams

Email: k.r.williams@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module allows students to enhance and utilise the knowledge, understanding and skills by working on a topic which reflects their own enthusiasms and research interests. It enables then to work in close cooperation with an academic specialist, and to produce a substantial piece of academic writing.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Apply relevant general concepts and approaches as appropriate to the chosen topic
•Critically assess the nature of historical debate and discourse as appropriate to the chosen topic
•Document and assess the processes of causation, change and continuity as appropriate to the chosen topic
•Apply relevant skills and capacities
•Project management and the ability to work independently

Additional outcomes:
The module will support progress in the dissertation through the writing of progress reports and a 6,000 words essay, which deals with a variety of methodological, source and historiographical issues.

Outline content:
The module deals with the range and nature of the source materials potentially available for the study of early modern and modern history and encourages students to think critically about their use. It covers issues connected to the choice and refinement of a research project, and the different methodologies which maybe deployed together with an assessment of their respective value. Practical skills required for the location of bibliographical and historical material, including the use of electronic means of bibliographic searching and information retrieval and storage, are included, together with training in the use of local and national archives and libraries. Since the Extended Essay is intended to be an individual and self-selected research effort, the student will be expected to prepare a series of' 'work-in-progress' reports covering the methodology, literature and source material, under the guidance of the specialist research supervisor and the Programme Director in addition to writing the essay.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
All students will be allocated a supervisor. The student and their supervisor agree a forward plan of action to cover the rest of the academic year. Meetings are arranged 'ad personam', and monitored by the MA Director. Supervisors offer advice and criticism as necessary on 'work-in-progress' reports and essay drafts before submission. In addition the student and their supervisor will keep in close contact via email for additional comments and support.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 8 8
Guided independent study 142 142
Total hours by term 150.00 150.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One 6,000 word essay (EXCLUDING bibliography and footnotes/endnotes), to be submitted by the 20th September.
-5 points for overlength work (above 5% of word limit)
-10 points for late submission (one week for all students, FT, PT or modular.

Formative assessment methods:
Work in progress reports and drafts.

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:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of dissertation within 12 months of the original date specified in the syllabus.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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