Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Dissertation Preparation and Professional Practice for Students of Art History
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature Review 2,000 words  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Research proposal 2,000 words  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Literature Review 2,000 words  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Research Proposal 2,000 words  2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Articulate research aims and career goals

Access and assess academic sources online and conduct effective library research

Develop a dissertation topic and sustain an argument

Review current academic literature on a chosen topic

Write a research proposal

Outline and paragraph effectively

Incorporate researched materials through quotations and paraphrases

Brief description

This core module for Single Honours Art History and Single Honours Art History with Fine Art prepares students for the third-year Dissertation module.

It is designed to guide students through the process of developing the dissertation project from the early stages of a) exploring potential subjects and b) securing a supervisor to subsequent stages of c) renegotiating, revising and redefining the research topic and d) outlining and drafting the dissertation.

The module provides skills essential to written and verbal communication in an academic and professional context, including MLA style documentation and citation, outlining, proposal and CV writing, as well as presenting, negotiating and defending a research project.

The mechanics of academically sound writing, scholarly presentation and the use of appropriate resources, methodologies and patterns of organisation are conveyed through workshop exercises, projects and individual research/writing assignments.

By the end of the module, students will have defined a dissertation topic, begun an initial draft of their dissertation in consultation with the supervisor of their choice, and prepared a professional CV/cover letter.


As an indication, seminar topics include the following:

• Making effective use of academic resources
• Assessing primary and secondary sources
• Quoting and paraphrasing
• Considering theoretical approaches
• Establishing and sustaining a thesis
• Outlining and paragraphing
• Negotiating the research project with members of staff
• Articulating career goals
• Identifying transferable skills
• Updating CVs and covering letters

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Articulating ideas and stating research aims through seminar discussions, PowerPoint presentation, Dissertation Planner, and Research Proposal.
Improving own Learning and Performance Managing time/meeting set deadlines, developing proofreading/editing skills. Conducting independent research.
Information Technology Retrieving sources (literature and digital images) from academic research portals and online databases
Personal Development and Career planning Preparing a professional PowerPoint presentation of the research project, outlining its aims and scope and demonstrating its relevance and feasibility. Developing a career profile, articulating career goals and gaining awareness of transferable skills. Composing a CV and covering letter (not assessed).
Problem solving Developing, defining, negotiating and defending a research project in seminar preparation/discussion and individual tutorials. Drafting, editing, and updating manuscripts. Composing a Dissertation Planner to approach and secure a Dissertation Supervisor
Research skills Conducting research (online and in libraries/galleries). Assessing primary and secondary sources.
Subject Specific Skills Although students work on their subject specific proposals in the fields of art history and/or museum studies, the emphasis is on broadly applicable and transferable professional skills.
Team work Participating in workshop activities in writing and editing, as well as in group discussions. Providing/receiving peer feedback.


This module is at CQFW Level 5