Annotated bibliography, Course Level, Critical thinking, Essay, Essay writing, Intermediate, Lecture, Literature Review, Oral presentation, Presentation, Producing an argument, Reading, Referencing, Research, Workshop
|School||Music Humanities and Media|
|Module Title||Research Skills|
|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