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MCH8601 : Research - Vocationally-Orientated Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 55
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aims of the module are to:
- Provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of applied vocationally-orientated research, with a focus on developing a new project/output for an organisation or as a piece of entrepreneurial consultancy work, which relates to appropriate theory and practice raised during the taught modules of the programme; and,
- Provide an opportunity to develop the appropriate applied and vocational research skills to go on to work in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector, or to undertake self-employed consultancy work.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are required to attend six teaching sessions for this module which also link to methodologies and methods in MCH8532 Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies. In addition, students will arrange meetings with their allocated supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00On-campus lectures (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Online writing group sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00On-campus meetings as and when required, by arrangement with the supervisor (online if necessary)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1377:00377:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time60:303:00Drop-in Q&A following the lectures. Synchronous online.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture: On-campus structured guided learning to help students on the module to plan the various stages of the vocationally orientated project, from formulating a research question to developing a research strategy and writing up research findings.

Scheduled online contact time: online drop-in sessions to clarify any questions about the lecture materials.

Workshop: Online writing group sessions to support students to develop their writing skills and maintain a regular writing pattern.

Dissertation-related supervision: 1:1 individual supervision meeting to support vocationally orientated project development.

Guided independent study: This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers the range from reading and preparation through to situations where students are required to work without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment preparation and completion: This is work carried out independently to undertake the assessment associated with this module.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3M10010,000-12,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal3Moutline proposal
Research proposal3Mdetailed proposal if required by supervisor
Written exercise3Methics approval form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MA Research Vocationally-Orientated Report must be an original piece of work that shows how methods were used to gather information, evidence and/or data during the proposed and agreed project and how these were analysed and used in problem-solving and/or achieving planned vocational outcomes and outputs during the process. To be successful the project report will need careful planning, preparation and undertaking. This research report will be for the development of a new project. The project and report will be negotiated and agreed between the student and the supervisor. The focus, structure and format of the report may take one of a number of different variants. It may, for example, take the form of a piece of policy formulation, the development of a collections development project, the development of a heritage management plan, a communications strategy, an exhibition brief, learning programme and materials development.

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