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HIS1902 : History Academic Mentoring Stage 1 (Inactive)

ECTS Credits: 0.0


This is a non-credit bearing module that is compulsory for all students on History programmes (specifically both V100 History and VL12 History and Politics in Stage 1.
The intention is that the module will provide opportunities to explore and develop the attributes outlined in the Graduate Framework, and begin to enable the development of these skills. At Stage 1 the module aims to encourage students to engaged with the learning opportunities within their core and optional modules, as well as the wider learning opportunities available within the school. The module aims to help build a collective learning experience, in learning environments which have the potential to become isolating. The module then aims to support student’s wider learning in whatever forms are most appropriate and responsive to student needs in the professional opinion of individual academic mentors. Through this module students will be encouraged to collaborate, to build their confidence in online seminar discussions and to think more broadly about the past in an unassessed environment.
The module aims to
1) Deliver small group academic mentoring and additional contact and support for students at the beginning of their degrees.
2) Facilitate the transition from pre-university education to independent learning at undergraduate level.
3) To create learning communities and foster opportunities for peer support, thereby building student confidence.
4) To develop and embed an appreciation of the complexities and nuance of the past, and the challenges of interpreting historical evidence in the variety of forms that it takes.
5) To provide other subject specific academic guidance in response to student demand and feedback.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module does not have a mandatory syllabus, but rather a framework of appropriate materials to be delivered by academic mentors as they consider appropriate, and in response to the needs, requirements and preferences of student collectives. It will be delivered by nine sessions each of two hours in duration, the means of delivery to be determined by the Tier level in operation during in Semester 2 of the 2020/21 academic year.

Potential areas and themes that may be covered within this framework are:

Responding to feedback, and making the most of learning opportunities
Building confidence and university level (graduate skills)
Opportunities for learning beyond assessed modules
Historical interpretation and evaluating primary evidence in its multiple forms.
Disciplinary expectations for undergraduate historians.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1821:00182:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This academic mentoring is envisaged as additional support that complements and runs alongside additional credit bearing modules, to offer additional historical training, pastoral support, graduate development and personal contact in the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic. The modules are not intended to be an additional burden to students, but rather to support wider academic development, and students’ acquisition of valuable skills and experience. The module is aimed to support students’ wellbeing and support students by embedding individuals within a group to offer a collective learning experience, and valuable peer interactions as well as the guidance and advice of an academic mentor. The module does NOT summatively assess the skills developed and knowledge imparted on the module, but engagement with this module will assist students in making good progress on the credit bearing elements at Stage 1.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


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