Postgraduate

MCH8532 : Understanding Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with:

A thorough understanding of the principal theories, methodologies and methods used in academic and applied research in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.

A comprehensive understanding of how these research theoretical approaches and methods operate in practice.

The techniques and skills required to undertake a major research dissertation, or vocationally-oriented research project.

Knowledge of the principal ways of identifying and collecting research information, evidence or data and the specific forms of qualitative and quantitative approaches used to analyse this material in relation to Museum/Gallery/Heritage venues.

An understanding of the retrieval of information, location of evidence, analysis, interpretation and synthesis of materials, critical thought and evaluation, questioning of assumptions and, where appropriate, to relate theory and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces students to a range of theories, methodologies and techniques used in academic and applied research projects in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies to: identify and collect information/evidence/data; analyse this material; and, synthesise results. Indicative topics include: understanding research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies; research ethics; critical discourse analysis; visual and display analysis; using a case study research approach; qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods; questionnaire design and analysis; digital research methods; visitor studies.

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 completion145:0045:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials14:004:00Asynchronous On-line
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Asynchronous On-line
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials123:0036:00Asynchronous On-line
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading32:006:00Directed reading - asynchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00Synchronous online masterclass activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:306:00Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study191:0091:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous On-line (Assignment, Q&A session)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module comprises introductory lectures and a series of masterclasses. Each masterclass which will be organized around linked topics and ‘real-world’ research problems identified by the teaching team and/or external partners. The students will work in groups to solve these problems by identifying pertinent research questions, defining appropriate methodologies and theoretical frameworks, identifying sources of data, and potential analytical approaches in the time allowed. The students will present their findings in groups and reflect on their working processes throughout. The format of the workshops and the assessment allows students to enhance the skills needed to conduct a 60-credit project on the MGH programme.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M30Assessed group presentation presented in final 'Masterclass'. Max duration per group - 30 mins
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A70Critical invidual report by each student on the rationale behind their group work. 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are required to give a group presentation and write an individual report in which they assess the strengths and weaknesses of the task accomplished in the course of the final workshop. The group presentation can be delivered in person or on-line, synchronous or pre-recorded. This allows students to familiarise themselves not only with the range of problems and issues raised by conducting independent research but also with the relationship between theory and method in answering a research question.

Reading Lists

Timetable