HI7014 - History Dissertation (DL)

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be provided with the skills to complete a dissertation on a topic that you will negotiate with your supervisor. The History dissertation represents the culmination of your postgraduate studies. It will enable you to apply the skills you have acquired in core modules and options to a discrete body of primary sources related to an identifiable area of historical enquiry. It is an exercise in research and is intended to develop your research skills and your ability to work independently. Dissertation topics will be supervised by an expert in the field who will guide you through the various stages of formulating, researching and writing this substantial piece of work

How will I learn on this module?

This is an individual project which is negotiated between student and appointed tutor. There is therefore no set teaching syllabus but individual tutoring sessions dictate the learning. Core modules (HI0702 and HI0706) will provide students with information on sources, information retrieval, research skills, and managing the dissertation. Thereafter, students will meet with their supervisors monthly, on a one-to-one basis (on-site or virtually with Skype). These tutorials offer the opportunity for formative feedback and for discussing plans for future work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through individual tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. Dissertation tutors will be accessible within publicised feedback and consultation hours and via email. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the course materials and resources available on the eLearning Portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate expert knowledge and understanding of a research topic that includes an investigation of primary sources alongside a formal
historiographical analysis.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Exercise time and project management skills.
3. Apply postgraduate research skills to a lengthy piece of expository and analytical writing.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary relationships and how these relations shape our perceptions.

How will I be assessed?

There is one summative assessment:
1. an extended dissertation of 15,000 words. The dissertation is intended to demonstrate a high-level of independence in research, problem-solving, writing and presentation.
MLOs 1-5.

The presentation of a question or topic, and the subsequent production and negotiation of a basic outline of the project followed by a plan is central to the first part of this process. The submission of draft chapters is important as feedback will be given to improve the work. This constitutes formative assessment which will aid the final, summative submission.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be provided with the skills to complete a dissertation on a topic that you will negotiate with your supervisor. The History dissertation represents the culmination of your postgraduate studies. It will enable you to apply the skills you have acquired in core modules and options to a discrete body of primary sources related to an identifiable area of historical enquiry. It is an exercise in research and is intended to develop your research skills and your ability to work independently. Dissertation topics will be supervised by an expert in the field who will guide you through the various stages of formulating, researching and writing this substantial piece of work

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time distance learning
3 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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