ENG41950 Medival Manuscript Fragments

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a workshop-style module which focus on palaeographical skills and knowledge of manuscripts in a research environment. The module will also consider dissemination and impact of cultural knowledge through digital media. Working with medieval manuscript fragments selected by the course coordinator and librarian, the module will introduce students to the processes of transcription, editing, identification, description and analysis of a manuscript fragment found in an early printed book. The final section of the module will examine the challenges and opportunities for dissemination of knowledge. Please note, this module is for student who are already registered to or have completed an introduction to palaeography and/or medieval manuscripts.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will have

enhanced their knowledge of medieval scripts;
acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for editing medieval manuscript material;
developed their understanding of manuscript and early book production;
become familiar with the terms necessary for describing a medieval manuscript fragment;
identified and gathered useful resources and methods for identifying medieval manuscript material;
an increased understanding of the challenges of and opportunities for dissemination of knowledge;
the ability to write a short, informative, blog post on an original piece of research;
gained some insight into the work of archives/librarians and their contribution to medieval and early
modern scholarship;

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is very much a research-based module. Students are expected to research, plan and engage with a short fragment. For this reason, the module is based upon active task-based learning in class; individual research with guidance and feedback; and, where feasible, field trips to local library. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Presentation at a Student Seminar Week 7 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Bibliography Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Record of Identification process Week 10 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Description Week 4 n/a Graded No


Project: Writing piece Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Each small piece of assessment contributes to the final summative piece of writing, therefore, students will receive individual feedback either in person or online on every piece of work submitted. For this reason, tight deadlines on submission of work will be maintained.

Name Role
Fiona Baldwin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Elizabeth Mullins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer