Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorials x 6 per semester
Practical 160 study hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam Dissertation 10,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able
to demonstrate:

a broad and comparative knowledge and understanding of the visual
and material culture of more than one geographical region and/or
chronological period.

a more concentrated and systematic knowledge of one or more of the above.

a knowledge and understanding of the processes through which artifacts are
constructed in the cultures studied.

a familiarity with some substantive areas of current research in the field addressed
by the degree programme.

an ability to engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform study and
research in the subject area, including an awareness of the limited and partial
nature of all historical knowledge.

an understanding of the development of the subject, and of its key
intellectual tools.

Subject-specific skills and abilities (threshold level)

the ability to use basic skills of visual observation, description and analysis.

some ability to locate artifacts within appropriate historical or cultural contexts.

the ability to locate evidence from primary and secondary sources (visual, oral or
textual) and use it in relation to relevant issues and enquiries.

an awareness of a range of different methodologies and approaches within
the subject.

the ability to produce relevant arguments supported by evidence.

the ability to present alternative points of view held within the subject.

Generic intellectual skills (threshold level)

skills of analysis, synthesis and summary.

critical judgement: awareness of the difference between alternative arguments
and approaches.

problem-solving: the ability to apply knowledge and experience to
address problems.

research: ability to locate and record information relevant to a given task.

open-mindedness: some ability to be receptive to unfamiliar artefacts,
issues and ideas.

Transferable skills (typical level of achievement)

On completion of this module, students should be capable
of demonstrating:

the ability to communicate ideas and arguments cogently and effectively in
written, spoken or other form, with appropriate use of visual aids.

the ability to listen effectively and so to learn from and participate constructively
in discussion.

the ability to work constructively and productively in groups.

the ability to work diligently, to fulfill briefs and deadlines, and to take
responsibility for one's own work.

the ability to make effective use of IT for research and communication.

the ability to update knowledge and skills, seek and use feedback, reflect on,
and improve performance.

Brief description

The dissertation provides the opportunity for in-depth academic study, to investigate a subject or topic concerned with an aspect of museum studies and/or material culture.It can have a historical, sociological, cultural or theoretical approach. Dissertations require a well-structured methodology capable of sustaining a scholarly approach.The use of primary source material from Aberystwyth and/or other collections is encouraged. The dissertation should normally grow out of a particular museum studies module (or group of related museum/art history modules) that the student is taking or has taken.


1. to provide an opportunity for research at undergraduate level
2. enable students to undertake an in-depth examination of specific subject or topic related to their previous or current studies under supervision
3. apply and extend academic skills learned in AH20410 Professional Practice for Students of Art and Art History
4. offer an applied and prolonged experience in self-directed and supervised investigative study

Transferable skills

1 Independent project work
Undertake self-directed research

2 IT and information handling
Word processing

3 Use and analysis of numerical information

4 Writing in an academic context
In-depth examination of a specific subject.

5 Oral discussion and presentation
Tutorial Discussion

6 Careers need awareness
The module is specifically for students considering a career in museums, art gallery administration, public art organisations, freelance curators and exhibition organisers, and in private galleries.

7 Self-management
100% Course Work

8 Group activity

Reading List

General Text
None specific. See Pre-requisite AH20410Professional Practice for students of Art and Art History1 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6