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HIST2104 Ancient History Group Project

Module Overview

Working as part of a group of approximately 7, you will define, develop and bring to fruition a project rooted in an ancient history topic. The Group Project provides an opportunity for you to carry out a piece of research on a topic relating to ancient history, as part of a group, reflecting on the issues involved in completing the task and presenting the research to a broader audience. The academic core of the project asks you to engage in a topic from conception to completion under the supervision of your group Academic Guidance Tutor who will assist you in the location and exploitation of relevant local and national source materials. This opportunity to develop your research skills will provide a good grounding for the longer and more advanced piece of individual research required by the Year 3 dissertation. The Group Project will also enable you to develop various key skills relevant to the type of employment that you may encounter after graduation - management, media, teaching, etc - and to demonstrate such skills - team-working, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, presentation, problem-solving, etc - in a tangible way. Finally, you will be encouraged to interact with a broader public through the process of communicating your research topic in a 'public outcome' and thereby to consider the nature and meaning of such a thing as 'public history'.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• provide an opportunity for you to carry out an approved discipline-specific task as part of a group, reflecting on the issues involved in the course of finding a solution, and then presenting that solution; • enable you to develop, in a discipline-related context, a range of qualities and attributes appropriate to the kinds of employment to which Ancient History graduates frequently aspire, and which employers seek: group/teamworking and inter-personal skills, presentational and communication skills (written, oral and visual), problem solving skills, self-confidence, initiative, and a mature sense of self-awareness; • offer an opportunity, in appropriate cases, to develop a closer acquaintance with the world of work;

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the generic issues, practical and theoretical, involved in teamworking and group problem-solving
  • the range of roles which you personally are more and less suited to within a team
  • the area of historical investigation chosen by your team to explore
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect carefully and systematically on the nature of your engagement in historical inquiry, and on your contribution to the group dynamics of the team within which you operated
  • demonstrate research and analytical skills appropriate to the study of ancient history at an advanced level
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively and creatively as a member of a team, on a group task
  • demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills needed to communicate constructively with other group members, including: reasoned argument, listening skills, diplomacy, self-confidence, self-awareness, clarity of thought and expression, and awareness of equal opportunities issues
  • sustain focus on a project until it is fully realised
  • negotiate goals and devise strategies for analysing and solving problems in order to achieve those goals
  • reflect on your own decision-making
  • apply IT and numeracy skills necessary for the effective completion of the project
  • present a project effectively in written, visual and oral presentation form
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • present historical material to a wider audience in a clear and coherent fashion, and by a variety of means
  • adjust your presentation to the level of comprehension, experience, and expertise within your target audience

Syllabus

Working as part of a group of 6-8, in the context of advice and guidance set down in the module handbook and offered by tutors, you will define, develop and bring to fruition a project rooted in an ancient history topic. Where appropriate, the project may be achieved in 'virtual' form. Co-operation with local museums and libraries (including the Hartley Library) will be encouraged so far as resources and contacts allow, but is not essential for the realisation of the project. Examples of kinds of project might be: ? - planning and producing a short history of an individual or group of individuals from the ancient world ? - researching a site or artefact from the ancient world ? - link your research project to a commemorative event ? - engaging with a specific text or group of texts to explore a particular research question ? - developing a project which engages with a specific debate within ancient history Your public outcome could include an exhibition, a website, a public talk, an educational pack, a radio show, or a newspaper article.

Special Features

The module enhances subject specific skills, not least those directly relevant to the dissertation in Year 3, but places a particular emphasis upon transferrable skills, thereby boosting the employability of Ancient History students when they graduate. The induction to the module will be in two parts. The first will aim to introduce you to the projects on offer and will take the form of a study day or workshop. This will be supported with a visit to a local site to give you the chance to think about how you might use buildings, artefacts and/or text to develop your projects. The second will aim to develop you into teams and you will attend an initial 'team building' induction day organised by the module coordinator, and follow up support sessions run by members of History, Archaeology and Careers Development, e.g. advice on presentations, and on interviewing. You will receive a module pack/handbook outlining types of projects (though groups can and should propose their own projects for approval having initially signed up for a broad area of historical investigation suggested by all participating tutors), aims of projects, system of marking, deadlines, resources available and potential local contacts. The module is innovative for a Humanities programme in relating non-vocational subject matter to skills particularly valued in the world of work, at that point in a degree programme where this will be of most benefit as you start to consider making job applications. As the module has developed, increasing use has been made of external contacts, enhancing the range of choice and depth of expertise

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be led by a team of tutors within the department, under a co-ordinator with overall responsibility for the Group Project. Your project will have an assigned supervisor, and you will have access on a time-limited basis to the specialist expertise of the department's academic staff as a whole. The induction element will be led by the tutor team, and, in addition to an introduction to team-working skills and group dynamics, will cover equal opportunities issues arising out of group behaviour. Your group will be given guidance as to the choice and definition of your particular project, appropriate resources including advisory expertise within the Faculty and initial contacts and assessment methods by your project tutor. Individual support will be available on a time-limited basis from the project tutor. Within this support framework, you and your fellow group members will be expected to use your initiative in choosing a topic, conceiving an appropriate mode of presentation and developing it to fruition.

TypeHours
Seminar10
External visits5
Follow-up work200
Completion of assessment task80
Tutorial5
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The module is designed to foster your ability to develop your project through self-directed application, including time-tabling and task allocation. It will also enable you to develop specific skills required for the successful completion of the intensive Year 3 dissertation and the special subject: time-, self- and project management, and the ability to work with others in problem analysis and solving. Your ability to learn from the experience of your project will be assessed alongside the achievement of your group’s finished presentation.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group essay  (4000 words) 30%
Group presentation  (20 minutes) 20%
Project proposal 10%
Public outcome 20%
Reflective essay  (2000 words) 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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