REMH01-Understanding the Historic Environment

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell


Summary module description:

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the agencies involved in conservation, the role of the professions in conservation, and the issues of conservation philosophy, and to develop the student’s skills in recording buildings.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:

• demonstrate a full and practical knowledge of the government agencies and specialist societies involved in conservation
• explain the dynamic nature of the interrelationships the different professions
• demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the main principles underpinning building conservation philosophy
• produce a complete written record of a building and supported by photographs and drawings

Additional outcomes:
• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;
• Develop academic report writing skills through the module assignment

Outline content:
• Conservation philosophy and approaches
• The principal UK and international heritage agencies
• The professions engaged in conservation
• Understanding historic buildings and sites through physical inspection and archive research

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered in block release format that involves a four day face to face teaching block with pre-course preparation plus online post-teaching support. The module is taught in an interactive format through seminars and workshops. An assessed individual project is the consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material. Students are encouraged to share information via Blackboard in the extended online support period which follows the face to face element. An online discussion of the case studies between tutors and students supports the assessment in this module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 6
External visits 12
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Student contribution:
The quality and extent of the students contribution during the face to face period will be assessed by the module convenors

A major project, assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

As this is a core Module of Special Significance for all students on the MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment a mark of 40 must be achieved in order for the MSc to be awarded.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the project in order to achieve a maximum mark of 50. Reassessment utilises the same method as that used for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

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: 21 December 2016

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