MCH8550 : Working on a Project in the Museums Sector

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to put into practice the theory and skills they are developing on the programme through developing museum projects hosted by TWAM. The module aims to assist students to make the transition from being students to becoming better equipped to develop their personal professional portfolios for career advancement.

Outline Of Syllabus

This practice-based module allows students in small teams to work on museum-based projects designed through discussions with academic staff and staff at TWAM. Projects may include, for example: planning museum/gallery/heritage management provision; preparing a collections policy and plan; developing a communications and interpretation strategy; designing an exhibition and producing an exhibition brief; designing a learning programme with supporting materials. In this module students will build on the knowledge and skills outcomes developed in the other modules of the programme. The module provides students with opportunities for gaining practice-based team-work experiences, which will benefit them in terms of employability in the museum sector after completion. During the module, students will be expected to reflect on the learning experiences and acquisition of knowledge and skills, which they can then use to shape their future career aspirations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Initial module introduction
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Lectures on museum curatorship
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Small-group work on museum projects
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Progress workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Initial module introduction
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Site Visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Site Visits
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity252:0050:00Off-site small-group work on projects
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will experience scheduled learning and teaching activities, however, the majority of their learning on this module comes from guided interdependent small-group study. The scheduled time is mixed between one-hour lectures on museum curatorship, and two-hour workshops and three-hour practicals, where students will work in small groups on a museum project. This balance between theory and practical sessions will allow students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to make the transition from being students to becoming better equipped to develop their personal professional portfolios for a career foundation and/or advancement.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A30This will be a group mark for the outcome of each small-group teams' projects.
Report2A70Self-reflective individual report on the project (2500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is designed to allow students, working in small-group teams to complete small projects relevant to the Museum sector.

Formative assessment - each student is encouraged to keep a journal detailing their contribution to the group project and progress throughout the module. There are also multiple opportunities for the students to give peer feedback during the project process. Formative feedback will also be provided during the progress workshops by academic and professional staff.

The final summative module assessment is divided between a group-mark for the outcomes of the team’s museum project (30%), along with the submission of an individual report (70%).

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