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HI502X: APPROACHES TO RESEARCH: ARCHIVES AND SOURCES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:25


Course Overview

The course will provide students with an introduction to, overview of, and engagement with, the key skills required to conduct research in archival and library collections at graduate level. It will focus on specific issues especially relevant to the University's Special Collections, the Museum Collection and Aberdeen City and Shire Archives, where students will receive an introduction into the nature of the collections, the way to access online materials relevant to their research, and the principles according to which these archives are structured. It will also address issues relating to overseas archives, and will incorporate an element of training in transcription skills.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Marjory Harper

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will provide students with an introduction to, overview of, and engagement with, the key skills required to conduct research in archival and library collections at graduate level. It will focus on specific issues especially relevant to the University's Special Collections, the Museum Collection and Aberdeen City and Shire Archives, where students will receive an introduction into the nature of the collections, the way to access online materials relevant to their research, and the principles according to which these archives are structured. It will also address issues relating to overseas archives, and will incorporate an element of training in transcription skills.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Two Documentary Commentaries

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateDemonstrate awareness of archival materials
ProceduralEvaluateDisplay ability to interpret manuscript and printed archival materials
ProceduralEvaluateNavigate cataloguing systems to find relevant sources
ProceduralEvaluateAppreciate the role of archival research in scholarly work
ProceduralEvaluateUnderstand ethical issues relating to accessing and using sensitive materials
ProceduralEvaluateUndertake transcription of manuscript material
ProceduralEvaluateDeploy archival sources in researching and writing a dissertation

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