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MCH9501 : MLitt Heritage, Museums and Galleries Research Assignment

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 40.0

Aims

1.       To enable students to undertake independent research of limited scale at postgraduate level in preparation for PhD study, or as a research Masters, as appropriate;
2.       To introduce students to a range of research methodologies appropriate to their interests and previous experience and to the nature of Heritage, Museums and Galleries;
3.       To enable students to apply appropriate research methodologies to relevant content, data source or material; and
4.       To enable students to organise and plan their research and to produce a coherent analysis in written or other appropriate form.

This module consists of detailed research assignments (80 credits) to assist in developing the MLitt topic through independent but guided research supported by supervision meetings.

Outline Of Syllabus

The subject matter for the research assignments, the scope of the assignments and appropriate research methodologies and approaches will be determined in consultation between the student, the Postgraduate Research Degree Programme Director (PGT DPD) and any other member(s) of academic staff who may undertake supervision of the assignments.
The assignments chosen will take into account the interests and previous experience of the student, including any plans s/he may have for future PhD study, the academic traditions of the subject and opportunities for cross-disciplinary work where appropriate. Preparation for the assignments will normally include supervision by one or more members of staff, guided reading and private study. It also may include attendance at postgraduate seminars and/or at teaching sessions connected with modules offered at undergraduate or taught postgraduate level.
A minimum of two (40 credit) and a maximum of four (20 credit) assignments will be submitted; each worth between 2 and 4 modules for assessment purposes.
The mode of assessment of each assignment will be identified as appropriate to the nature of the assignment negotiated between the PGT DPD and the student. An essay is the assessment mode most typical of research assignments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1395:00395:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1198:00198:0025% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1197:00197:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Total800:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The balance between contact and non-contact time will be a matter for negotiation between the student and the programme director and will depend upon the nature of the assignment. Students will be offered a minimum of two hours' supervision for each one-module unit of study in addition to the initial meeting at which the assignments are agreed.

The component will be delivered within a seminar framework and will consist of a range of teaching and learning methods. In order to achieve the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the following will be used: presentations by teachers, seminar discussions and student presentations.

Guided Independent Study: to facilitate intended knowledge outcomes, and to develop both cognitive and key skills (e.g., independent learning techniques, self-motivation, time-management) by providing a structured task for the student to complete independently

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M100Assignments determined in consultation between student and DPD. Please see below for more information.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A minimum of two (40 credit) and a maximum of four (20 credit) assignments will be submitted; each worth between 2 and 4 modules for assessment purposes.

The mode of assessment of each assignment will be identified as appropriate to the nature of the assignment negotiated between the PGT DPD and the student. An essay is the assessment mode most typical of research assignments.

The length of individual assignments will vary depending on their credit value.

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