- Professor Christiana Payne (Professor - Oxford Brookes University)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Literature Review, 2,500 words||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation, 12,500 words||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit literature review||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit dissertation||80%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1) explore a chosen topic in its (art) historical contexts
2) research efficiently using academically viable sources
3) demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the literature in a chosen field
4) establish, sustain and support a clear and focused thesis
5) acknowledge and respond to counter-arguments
6) choose and apply suitable patterns of organization (e.g., chronology, classification)
7) incorporate researched materials through quotations and paraphrases
8) follow a prescribed documentation style (MLA)
9) respond effectively to staff feedback
10) develop proofreading and editing skills
The dissertation expands study of a project begun either as part of AHM0230 Research Project or ARM0460 Exhibition 1 (depending on the choice of degree scheme). For MA in Art History candidates, the dissertation represents a sustained discourse on material sources uncovered in AHM0230 or ARM0460. For MA in Art History candidates, the dissertation pursues ideas explored previously in a visual field and develop them further within an art historical context and a theoretical framework.
The module encourages students to apply methodologies and approaches to research that are developed in both research-training modules and in the context of dissertation tutorials.
It also prepares students for research and academic writing at MPhil and PhD level.
The module is delivered as a series of individual tutorials in which students discuss and shape their dissertation project under the guidance of their dissertation supervisors.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Sustaining an argument, negotiating a research project and responding to staff feedback.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Effective note-taking, debating issues, asking questions and responding to feedback.|
|Information Technology||Making effective use of IT for research.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Demonstrating professionalism, diligence and commitment while carrying out independent research, as well as an ability to negotiate a project, meet deadlines and respond effectively to feedback.|
|Problem solving||Working out strategies of dealing effectively with unfamiliar, current and emerging research in a timely manner. Negotiating the project with the supervisor.|
|Research skills||Accessing, assessing and documenting sources relevant to a chosen subject.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Observing, describing, analysing, interpreting and contextualising primary sources (works of art, archives) using subject-specific secondary sources (theory, criticism, art history).|
This module is at CQFW Level 7