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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Book History and Material Culture Work Placement (ENLI11207)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWork placements allow students to take advantage of the exceptional resources in Edinburgh for the study of books in order to gain hands-on experience that will be beneficial in their future careers. Placements will take place internally, for example in the Centre for Research Collections at the University Library, and externally with several partner organisations. Students will receive training from the placement supervisor, and will undertake well-defined projects in the course of their placement, such as cataloguing, conservation, collation, digitization and other kinds of work. They will reflect on their placement in a poster presentation, and it will provide material for an academic essay. Regular academic oversight of the work placement will be provided by the Course Organiser.
Course description Week 1: Introductory Lecture
Weeks 2-11: Work Placement, 1 day/wk at 7hrs/day or equivalent
Week 6: mid-term review with course organiser and representative of the host institution
Week 11: Poster presentation session with other students on course
Week 12: Essay submission
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 70, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 121 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% poster presentation
Students will deliver a 15-minute presentation to an audience of academic staff, other students on the course, and invited representatives from the host organisations. They will reflect on the organisations they worked with, the training they received, the projects they undertook, the essay topic they have chosen as a result of their placement and the likely impact on their intellectual and professional development.

70% essay (3000 words)
Students will write an academic essay on a topic arising from their work placement. Example 1: a student who works on a cataloguing project might write an essay on a selection of the items catalogued, or on an author, publisher or collector associated with those items. Example 2: a student who works on a digitisation project might write a critical analysis of issues surrounding the use of digital surrogates for research, with special attention to the items digitized in their work placement.

Pass/fail for participation in the work placement
A representative of the host institution and the course organiser will work together to monitor the student¿s attendance, engagement with and progress in the work placement and will produce a short report at the conclusion of the placement. Students must receive a ¿satisfactory¿ report to proceed to the other parts of the assessment. Representatives of the host institutions and the course organiser will confer at the mid-point of the work placement, and will provide formative feedback to the student on his or her progress, noting if they are tending towards an unsatisfactory report and giving clear indications for improvement.

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how book historical knowledge and techniques and be applied in professional contexts.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of careers available to people trained in book history and related fields.
  3. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the steps needed to advance their careers in their chosen fields.
  4. Demonstrate examples of how knowledge gained through practical work (for example in cataloguing or digitization) can be applied to academic studies of book history.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills *Practical skills such as conservation, cataloguing or digitization (depending on placement undertaken).
*Experience handling rare books and special collections.
*Time management
*Independent work
*Experience in a professional environment
Course organiserDr Jonathan Wild
Tel: (0131 6)51 3191
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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