CAH3000 : Portfolio in Ancient History II: Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Jakob Wisse
- Lecturer: Dr Micaela Langellotti, Dr Simon Corcoran, Dr Joseph Skinner, Dr John Holton, Dr Sally Waite, Dr Federico Santangelo, Dr Rowland Smith, Dr Don Miller, Dr Matthew Haysom
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
CAH3000 portfolio II is an independent study module assessed by a dissertation submitted in semester 2.
The aims of this module are to foster research skills and to provide an opportunity to investigate in some depth, with appraisal of selected source material and critical examination of current historiography, an issue selected by the student (and approved by a member of staff) for a dissertation’
Outline Of Syllabus
Portfolio II is a research-focussed module based principally on private study (devised to be taken in conjunction with the pre-requisite module Portfolio I.
Students write a dissertation on a topic of their choice (but approved by a
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||192||1:00||192:00||50% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||1:00||8:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||77||1:00||77:00||20% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||3||1:00||3:00||Skills workshop sessions|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||5||1:00||5:00||Individual consultations|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||115||1:00||115:00||30% of guided independent study|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures are used to (1) emphasize and clarify the arrangements, to ensure that students have all the information needed to do their work independently; (2) summarize and discuss, and thereby reinforce, the skills needed for independent writing and researching as taught in the previous years (particularly in the Stage-2 skills modules): study skills, writing skills, and awareness of research methods and tools.
Workshop sessions are used to reinforce skills training and give students the opportunity to practise specific skills on evidence relevant to their dissertation.
The tutorials are used to support students individually in formulating their research questions, in structuring their writing, in finding their way in the scholarly literature, and in analyzing the texts (and other materials) used in their project; and to encourage them in further developing their skills at independent work.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Dissertation||2||M||95||12,000 words (the word-limit includes footnotes and appendixes, but not bibliography)|
|Research proposal||1||M||5||Students must submit a detailed essay plan worth 5% of the dissertation module. Dissertation plan, 400-1,200 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students must submit an essay plan, due in the course of Semester 1. This plan ensures that students come to grips with their topic at an early stage, so that they have enough time to write the dissertation itself, and a firm basis on which to do so.
The dissertation assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic and of the issues involved in it; their ability independently to apply skills of analysis and interpretative tools to a topic beyond the taught syllabus; and their skills of initiative, planning, organisation and adaptability in selecting and defining an appropriate topic, assembling relevant primary and secondary material, outlining the approach to be taken, and organising a schedule for completing the various stages of the project. It also assesses their skills in written communication.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.