Postgraduate

MCH8504 : Caring for ‘Collections’ in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To familiarise students with issues, theories and practices related to caring for collections in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.
To provide an understanding of conventions, charters, policies, legislation and guidelines in relating to caring for collections.
To provide an understanding of the planning and implementation needed for caring for collections in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for caring for Museum/Gallery/heritage collections, viewed in the broadest sense. For example, these collections include intangible and tangible immovable and moveable heritage, museum and artistic resources.

Indicative content includes an introduction to environmental monitoring, object handling and conservation, collecting and disposal policies, health and safety/emergency preparedness planning, labelling and marking, stores and documentation, community involvement/security and caring for the non-permanent.

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 completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Nonsynchronous on-line
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials20:301:00Nonsynchronous on-line
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Nonsynchronous on-line
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities13:003:00Nonsynchronous on-line
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:303:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Synchronous on-line
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion61:006:00Nonsynchronous on-line
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion10:300:30Nonsynchronous on-line
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Nonsynchronous on-line or, if safe, present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:3081:30N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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 non-synchronous discussion: This is used to support and to provide guidance for the module assignment.

Academic Skills Activities: This supports skills outcomes associated with caring for collections.

Practical work: This is used to support knowledge and skills outcomes associated caring with collections.

Small group teaching: This teaching method is intended to allow students to consolidate knowledge learning outcomes within the context of caring for collections.

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.

Independent study: This activity underpins learning and skills outcomes and is an essential part of the module.

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
Report1M100Answer a report question (3500 words).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MFeedback provided during practical sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to introduce students to the need for the effective care of collections, and to provide them with some basic practices tools to use in 'real life' Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector situations. The assignment, written in the form of a report, will test the knowledge and skills gained by setting scenarios that Collections Managers, Curators and heritage Managers in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector face on a daily basis. The report will allow students to build up specialist knowledge relevant to their chosen MA programme.

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