HIS30550 Research Skills Seminar

Academic Year 2023/2024

The prime objective of this module is to prepare students to write a dissertation. Students will be required as part of the module to arrange three meetings with their dissertation supervisor during the trimester, each one tied to the three assessments required on the module. The module will focus on three areas of dissertation preparation: the dissertation Proposal; 2: the survey of secondary source literature; and 3: the identification of the key primary source material for the topic. Every student needs to identify a topic, and then focus that topic so that it is coherent and workable. Likewise, every student needs to identify and analyse primary source materials, work with secondary literature, and develop a methodology. In this module, students will begin this process by working as a group and with their individual supervisors.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students should have
- a clear description and understanding of the topic of their dissertation
- an deep awareness of relevant primary and secondary materials
- an awareness of appropriate methodology
- an established working relationship with their supervisor

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a small-group, seminar-based module. It is taught through fortnightly two-hour seminars and three individual meetings with each student's personal supervisor. The seminars focus upon individual active / task-based learning by means of class debates, discussion and student presentations. Advanced research, writing and citation skills are developed through three written assignments focused upon developing the student dissertation topic. Autonomous learning is advanced through student-led debate and discussion. 
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
Assignment: Identification of Primary Sources exercise Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Literature survey Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Participation in seminars Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Dissertation Proposal Week 4 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on the in-term written assignments is given in writing on the returned hard-copy. Feedback on the end-of-semester assignment is given by appointment in one-to-one meetings.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 13:50