MSMRM2-Researching the Middle Ages

Module Provider: Grad Cen for Medieval Studs
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Rist


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide training in essential skills necessary for effective research in medieval studies and gives targeted preparation for specific research areas. Students must attend all sessions and select one area on which to write an assessed exercise. Seminars and exercise will provide preparation for the Options and Dissertation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to

-demonstrate skills of critical analysis of different kinds of source materials using appropriate methodologies
-engage in critical debate, analysing and appraising appropriately both primary and secondary materials
-research, organize and articulate coherent scholarly arguments
-demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the way medieval texts are edited and used.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop the student’s skills of time management and oral communication. They will develop skills of presentation and advocacy in group discussion.

Outline content:
The module deals with the range and nature of source materials potentially available for the study of the middle ages and encourages students to think critically about their use. It covers a wide range of disciplines: history; literature; manuscript and incunabula studies; history of art and architecture. Students will be introduced to, and given opportunity to practice, key skills in both seminar discussion and written exercises. These will include: theoretical and methodological approaches to the different disciplines; information location and retrieval; database work; editing and indexing; technical description of manuscripts and buildings; interpreting images. The list may be modified to include a highly specialized skill required by the specific project of any given student (e.g. numismatics).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars will be led by experts in each field. Students will be expected to prepare for these and to select one field on which to produce a written assignment, the details of which will be specified depending upon the requirements of the subjects. There will also be visits to archive repositories, historical sites and other relevant locations, which will usually be offered in the spring and summer terms.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 5
Tutorials 1 2
Guided independent study 80 102
Total hours by term 91.00 109.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Each student will submit one written assignment. This should be chosen to prepare for the Options and Dissertation; but it should preferably, not simply revisit the student's BA programme.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission by 1st September.

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: 20 April 2018


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