Postgraduate

MCH8503 : Communicating and Learning in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of the module are to provide students with an introduction to:

The intellectual framework of communication and learning theories and their applications;

An understanding of visitors/users and their engagement;

Communication and interpretation planning and programming;

Exhibition; theory; and practice with regards to space, layout, exhibition hardware, and communication media;

The potential, value, use, and application of digital technologies and social media in communication and interpretation;

Writing interpretive text for communicating to visitors/users;

A range of media approaches and types used to guide visitor/user engagement; and

The evaluation of communication and interpretation venues, media, and technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module addresses the characteristics of the visitors/users of Museums, Gallery and Heritage (MGH) venues, and examines the diverse ways information and ideas are communicated to these visitors/users through a range of media and public programmes. Concurrently, it considers the composition of groups of non-visitors/non-users and ways of engaging with them. Throughout the module, an emphasis is placed on the (non)visitor/(non)user being an active participant in the process of meaning-making, communicating and learning. As such communicating and learning is presented within a constructivist framework that can increase visitor/user enjoyment and engagemtn with MGH venues.

Topics normally covered in the module include: communication and learning theory; understanding communication strategic planning and programming; theory and practice related to the development of exhibitions; theory and practice of developing written text to communicate through display panels and exhibition labels; range of media approaches and types used to guide visitor/user engagement; and the evaluation process and associated tools.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00NonAsynchronous online. 8 x 1-hr lectures, each equating to 2 hours of delivery.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials73:0021:00NonAsynchronous online. 7 x 1.5-hr lectures, each equating to 3 hours of delivery.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials14:004:00NonAsynchronous online. 1 x 2hr lecture, equating to 4 hrs of delivery.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00NonAsynchronous online. 1 x 30min lecture, equating to 1hr of delivery.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Present-in-person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities13:003:00NonAsynchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Virtual or self-guided present-in-person tour
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1102:00102:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online module briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online practical briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online assessment briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online workshop briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online module wrap-up
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

On this module, the majority of the students’ learning is derived from Guided Independent Study. However, this is supplemented with Scheduled Teaching and Learning Activities and Structured Guided Learning. These methods are mixed between online lecture materials and practical work (delivered online and present-in-person through synchronous and asynchronous means), where the student is exposed to key knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning objectives. These latter activities typically are coordinated by programme area and allow students to work in smaller groups. The following section details the different types of teaching methods and their relationship to the module’s learning outcomes:

Module talk: This teaching method will be used to introduce the module and brief students about assessment and small-group activities.

Drop-in/surgery: This teaching method will be used to support students in working towards the assignment.

Lecture materials: This is the core teaching method to achieve all of the knowledge learning outcomes.

Small group teaching: This teaching method is intended to allow students to consolidate knowledge learning outcomes and to meet the skills outcomes through critically applying their new knowledge. It also allows students to practice all of the skillsets within the Graduate Skills Framework.

Fieldwork: Online and/or safe, directed fieldwork, undertaken individually, relates to all learning outcomes, particularly the application of knowledge outcomes to specific examples of arts, cultural and heritage practice.

Structured research and reading activities: This teaching method enables students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise all skills outcomes, as well as applying cognitive/intellectual, self-management and interaction skills in particular.

Workshop: This teaching method allows the student to put into practice the theories and knowledge they are developing in the module.

Independent study: This teaching method enables students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise all skills outcomes, as well as applying cognitive/intellectual, self-management skills in particular.

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
Report1M1003500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to introduce students to the need for effective communication and learning strategies across the MGH sector. It provides the students with some theories and basic tools to use in ‘real-life’ situations. As such, the students will use existing MGH venues for the basis of the individual assignment to demonstrate their understanding of the theories introduced in the module and their comprehension of how they are applied in practice.

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