Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAC8106 : Independent Research Project 1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephanie Holton
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Some prior knowledge of the proposed topic is required since this is a research-intensive module but a decision regarding both the viability of the project and the overall suitability of the student will be based on the assessment of the member of staff who has been approached to act as supervisor, in agreement with the module leader.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The aim of this module is to allow MA students to first develop and then demonstrate their mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills relating to their chosen area of Ancient History or Classics.

It is understood that the topic will be in some way aligned with the research expertise of staff in Classics and Ancient History (see staff webpages for details, but note that a specialised list of staff expertise will be made available in the module handbook).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus content will be dictated by the topic selected by the student.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will have demonstrated your mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills relating to your chosen area of Ancient History or Classics.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The module will foster a variety of transferable skills (not all directly assessed), including: oral discussion, listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading of set texts; identification and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; engagement with and analysis of a wide variety of primary evidence; written exposition; effective time-management; independent study.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion871:0087:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading871:0087:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introductory seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:0010% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials provide an opportunity for one-to-one discussion of the topic in question with the member of staff designated to supervise the project. In the tutorial(s) the student will have the opportunity to discuss the viability of potential topics in initial meetings after which they will receive detailed advice and feedback relating to the project as it unfolds.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1A100Research assignment (4000 words), excluding footnotes and bibliography
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MAnnotated bibliography and source list
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 4000 word research paper will allow the student to undertake a piece of extended writing on their chosen topic - thereby demonstrating their mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills relating to the study of Ancient History or Classics. The formative assessment lays the ground work for their research and facilitates early discussion of bibliography and evidence base.

By developing advanced knowledge of an area which may have been identified as a training need but remains separate from the dissertation, students taking the Independent Research Project will be able to establish a firm foundation for future study by acquiring knowledge or skills that either fall outside or go some way beyond those taught within the core modules of the MA programme and/or other study options currently on offer.

The Independent Research Project may prove particularly beneficial for students going on to PhD study who require in-depth training in a specific subject area prior to their undertaking further research on a different area for their dissertation; but it will also help students to develop skills that are transferable to a variety of contexts beyond academia.

No variation of deadline will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.