Module title: Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods and Skills

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11146
Module leader: Scott Lyall
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Frayn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches (LOs 2,3,4). The programme of lectures and workshops includes guidance on research process, methods, critical analysis and argument relevant to this level of study (LOs 1,2,4,5). Lectures and workshops also offer you opportunities to discuss with your peers and to share information and strategies under the guidance of tutors (LO5). Moodle is used to provide detailed guidance notes on research methods in the Digital and Public Humanities.

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:
This module has two pieces of summative assessment.

For the first summative assessment you will produce a 2000-word annotated bibliography (LOs 1,2,3,4,5) consisting of 20 entries (100 words each), which must include a range of scholarly sources, such as academic journal articles, monographs and book chapters. You will independently choose a field related to their Master’s study interests as your thematic focus.

For the second summative assessment you will produce a critical review (2500 words) of five sources, consisting of entries of at least 500 words each (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). This review must include critical assessment of the content, remit and approach of a) an open access database, b) a subscription-only database (that can be accessed through the library), c) an archival collection of texts or objects (which could be online), d) an academic journal, and e) an academic monograph or two scholarly chapters/journal articles.

These assessments will develop essential referencing and research skills to be applied on other modules and with a view towards the dissertation / major project. You may wish to choose a thematic focus related to your dissertation / major project research, although this is not a requirement or binding as ideas for these may continue to shape throughout the year.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 18
Face To Face External visits 3
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 175
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1, 2, 3,4, 5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Project - Written 60 1, 2, 3,4, 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module comprises a programme of lectures and workshops. The programme will develop your research skills in a number of areas including skills, such as communicating with different audiences, using sources, archives and data; frameworks, such as integrating theory into your project, ethics and (auto-)ethnography, knowledge production; and bringing your project together, including situating yourself within the academic field, project management techniques and sample case studies of successful projects. Summative work will focus on referencing skills and critical engagement with sources for research in the form of an annotated bibliography and critical review of selected sources.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: display mastery of key theories, principles and concepts that underpin disciplinary and interdisciplinary research methodologies at the forefront of the Humanities
LO2: critically assess various research methodologies for their relevance to particular types of research and research questions
LO3: produce research project work that demonstrates detailed, critical knowledge in one or more specialisms
LO4: critically explore and evaluate advanced scholarship in the field and synthesise information to extend your knowledge and develop new viewpoints
LO5: exercise appropriate judgement in communicating effectively with peers and academic specialists

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP11146 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods and Skills