AIH 2020 Research Skills

Annotated bibliography, Course Level, Critical thinking, Essay, Essay writing, Intermediate, Lecture, Literature Review, Oral presentation, Presentation, Producing an argument, Reading, Referencing, Research, Workshop
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School Music Humanities and Media
Module Title Research Skills
Level Intermediate
Initiator Janette Martin, Rebecca Gill, Pat Hill
Rationale This module aims to support the conception and planning of an independent research project. As such, the course offers significant underpinning for third-year dissertations and projects.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their own historical interests, but attend a series of workshops designed to foster their research skills.  Throughout the course, students gain oral and written feedback, enabling them to reflect upon and enhance their research and evaluation skills.
Description of Initiative The module is taught over three days in the second term of Year 2. It is supported with a bank of materials through the VLE Unilearn. On the Day 1 students are given practical sessions on researching primary and secondary material and given taster sessions on different historical periods. They are given the task to choose and research a topic over the following 4 weeks; they submit a short blog entry on their idea and are allocated a supervisor who can guide them in their research. On Day 2 they do workshops on annotated bibliographies and writing a proposal and have a lecture and workshop on producing a historiography. Four weeks later they produce a proposal and annotated bibliography for their chosen topic and on Day 3 they do a short presentation and get immediate feedback. They are also offered a range of parallel sessions including: time management and organisation; an introduction to quantitative methods; ethics and research, a talk on postgraduate opportunities in history. They then write a historiography and can choose to take this topic on into the final year dissertation or simply use the skills they have developed to research another topic.
Assessment Annotated bibliography and proposal (2000words) 


2000 word Historiography

Ideas for adapting Step by step development of skills necessary to undertake a major project. 

Full day workshops with time between for independent research.

A choice of topic and a dedicated specialist supervisor