ARTH 5521AEX - Research Project in Art History P/T Part 1

External - Semester 1 - 2014

The dissertation/exhibition project must be up to 18000 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 5521AEX
    Course Research Project in Art History P/T Part 1
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Contact Online
    Prerequisites Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History at a 75% grade average
    Restrictions Available to Master of Arts (Art History) students only
    Course Description The dissertation/exhibition project must be up to 18000 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Catherine Speck

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The 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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course booklet which is accessed on MyUni

    Text: Anne D'Aleva, Methods and Theories of Art History, Laurence King, 2013 
    Online Learning
    Key documents relevant to researching and writing a dissertation are provided as an e-learning resource by the Art History librarian in the Barr Smith Library. In addition, useful resources are available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is  a research and writing course so there is a blend of:

    - group teaching in the fortnightly virtual seminars  

    - individual structured research and writing of the dissertation

    - and individual supervision sessions
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to participate in group teaching fortnightly virtual seminars, attend individual supervision sessions and conduct individual structured research and writing of the dissertation
    Learning Activities Summary
    Fortnightly virtual seminars combined with individual supervision sessions

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The virtual work in progress seminars via Blackboard Collaborate may include small break out discussion group work and then reporting to the main group
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Summative assessment of the Dissertation occurs at the completion of ARTH 5521B EX

    This is carried out by 2 examiners who have not been involved in supervision of the topic.

    Formative tasks occur in ARTH5521A EX, but they are not formally assessed as this course is part of a larger 12 point course, and assessment occurs at the completion of the 12 point course ARTH5521B EX.
    Assessment Detail
    The disseration assessment has 100% weighting and covers all course learning outcomes for the course.
    Submission
    The dissertation is to be submitted in hard copy to the School Office.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.