TY3ES-Ephemera studies

Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rob Banham

Email: r.e.banham@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
An introduction to the study of history through every day documents (ephemera).

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of studying history through everyday documents (ephemera). It will give students the opportunity to learn by studying such documents first hand.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- use ephemera as evidence in historical study
- categorise and describe items of ephemera
- use a variety of methods to date printed ephemera
- understand the issues involved in exhibiting and reproducing ephemera

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop skills in writing, research, exhibition design, and understanding of technical issues with regard to reproductions of original documents. The module will also enhance their analytical skills.

Outline content:
After a series of introductory seminars the students will become familiar with ephemera through self-directed study of material in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication and RUL special collections. The introductory sessions will cover topics such as:
- what is ephemera?
- how to handle valuable documents
- how to date ephemera
- how to identify print processes
- case studies illustrating different ways of analysing ephemera
The students will then select material from available collections for an exhibition of ephemera and produce text and captions to accompany their selections. Together this will form an exhibition of ephemera for which each student will compile an accompanying document.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The introductory sessions will equip the students with the skills and knowledge to direct their own learning through hands-on study of collections available within the University. They will be expected to develop their own brief for the selection of ephemera for display in an exhibition. The students will have to select appropriate material, write text and captions and design accompanying printed or online documentation. Individual tutorials and group seminars are scheduled to monitor and support work in progress.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10
Tutorials 5
Project Supervision 10
External visits 8
Guided independent study 22 45
Total hours by term 40.00 60.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Project output other than dissertation 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Course work will typically consist of one illustrated essay of 3000-4000 words (50% of the module mark); a display and interpretation of ephemera (40% of the module mark); and one paragraph analysing one or more specific items of ephemera (10% of the module mark).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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:
    Coursework that bears a confirmed mark of less than 40 must be resubmitted by an August/September date to be notified.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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