ARTH 5520 - Research Project in Art History F/T

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 5520
    Course Research Project in Art History F/T
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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.
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    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Engage in indepth, detailed research of a chosen and approved research topic in Art History
    2 Demonstrate critical analysis of relevant literature including theoretical understandings
    3 Select and discuss an appropriate methodology
    4 Demonstrate research skills
    5 Demonstrate ability to analyse relevant visual imagery
    6 Demonstrate the ability to mount a coherent argument based on research
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course 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:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/history/art.html
    Online Learning
    Additional information and course material will be available online via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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.
    Workload

    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?
    Work-in-progress presentation
    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

    Editing:
    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

     The Argument
    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

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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    Assessment Summary
    The 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 Requirements
    The 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.
    Assessment Detail

    Research Project (18,000 –20,000 words)

    Task description: Write a dissertation of 18,000 - 20,000 words, excluding abstract, bibliography and appendices.

    Weighting: 100%

    Deadline: Friday 15 November

    Submission
    To 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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