ARTH 5520 - Research Project in Art History F/T
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 5520 Course Research Project in Art History F/T Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Restrictions Available to MA(StArtHist) students only Course Description The dissertation/exhibition project must be up to 18 000 words in length, or equivalent. It can be a thesis by research or a project. A project might take the form of working to a brief negotiated jointly with the program coordinator and the Gallery. For example, it might comprise the work required to mount an exhibition, prepare a catalogue, feature a particular part of the collection or research work in the Art Gallery's collection. Depending on the proposed area of interest, one or two supervisors may be allocated to supervise the dissertation (by thesis or project) and they may be from the University, the Gallery or both. There may be instances where an outside supervisor is co-opted.
Course Coordinator: Professor Catherine Speck
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe dissertation /research project enables students to:
1 select a topic from one of the four coursework areas undertaken in Gradute Diploma in Art history coursework areas that is open to extending into an area of reserach for a dissertation
2 engage in in-depth, detailed research of a chosen and approved research topic in Art History
3 engage in critical analysis of the relevant literature including theoretical understandings
4 select an appropriate methodolgy
5 display appropriate research skills
6 display the ability to analyse relevant visual imagery
7 demonstrate the ability to mount a conherent argument, based on research, throughout the dissertation that responds to the reserach question
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5-7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3-7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
Required ResourcesCourse Handbook – distributed at the first tutorial
Recommended Resources· Recommended text (available at the Art Gallery of South Australia bookshop or online booksellers)
· Lecture and tutorial images (on PowerPoint)
· Barr Smith Library Resource Guide:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lectures provide broad discussion of selected topics relevant to the Research Project, which are complemented by focused tutorial case studies centred on oral presentations and group discussion of the prescribed tutorial readings and images. It is essential that students complete the fortnightly tutorial readings in order to share ideas, interpret subject matter, develop essential analysis skills and work together cooperatively.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The course is composed of six weeks per semester of thesis writing structured programs plus work in progress seminars and individual supervision sessions.
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Semester 1 Week 1 Friday 8 March Introduction Experiencing the Program: Researching and Writing a thesis
Housekeeping and allocation of work-in-progress presentations
Week 2 Friday 22 March Research Tools
Barr Smith Library introduction ‘Bite-size’ writing
Explication of topic due
Week 3 Friday 5 April Research Tools – part 2 Art Gallery of South Australia library introduction
Work-in-progress presentation Draft bibliography due
Week 4 Friday 12 April Literature Review
Work-in-progress presentation Oral reports Chapter outlines due; list of images due
Mid-Semester Break Week 5 Friday 10 May Research Methods
Work-in-progress presentation Oral reports Draft Introduction due
Week 6 Friday 24 May What’s my Theory?
Draft chapter 1 due
Semester 2 Week 1 Friday 2 August Work-in-progress seminar presentation Draft chapter 2 due Week 2 Friday 16 August Oral reports on reading, refining the thesis topic etc Work-in-progress seminar presentation Week 3 Friday 30 August Oral reports on reading, refining the thesis topic etc Work-in-progress seminar presentation Draft chapter 3 due Week 4 Friday 13 September Oral reports on reading, refining the thesis topic etc Work-in-progress seminar presentation Draft chapter 4 due Mid-Semester Break Week 5 Friday 18 October
Oral reports on reading, refining the thesis topic etc Work-in-progress seminar presentation Draft conclusion due Revision of final thesis underway
Week 6 Friday 1 November
Oral reports on reading, refining the thesis topic etc Work-in-progress seminar presentation Revision of final thesis in progress
Friday 15 November
THESIS DUE DATE
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Assessment SummaryThe Dissertation is assessed by two examiners, neither of whom will have supervised the work. Outside examiners may be sought. Please submit 2 soft-bound copies of the thesis for examination.
A Board of Examiners drawn from the Art History program committee decides the final result based on the grades and comments of the markers. Should the examiners give the thesis differing grades eg. (a) Credit and (b) Distinction, a third marker may be asked to blind-mark the work.
Assessment Related RequirementsThe due dates for assessment are treated as examination dates. Requests for extension stating the reason for the extension must be sent to your tutor for approval in advance of the due date and supplemented by a hard-copy Extension Request form available on MyUni that must be signed off by both student and tutor.
Research Project (18,000 –20,000 words)
Task description: Write a dissertation of 18,000 - 20,000 words, excluding abstract, bibliography and appendices.
Deadline: Friday 15 November
SubmissionTo qualify for the award of the degree, students will need to submit three bound copies of the dissertation with the School of History and Politics. This is not required until after the work has been marked. One copy will be retained by the School, another will go to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the third will be kept in the Barr Smith Library.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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