Undergraduate Course: History Dissertation (HIST10309)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is an independent piece of work by 4th year students, based chiefly on primary sources. The Supervisor provides guidance to the student at several key stages of the project, but the essence is one of independent study and research by the student himself/herself.
The Dissertation (worth 40 credit points) is an important component of final year of honours study. It gives students the opportunity to develop their own research project on a subject that interests them and is of their own choosing. The Dissertation should also represent a summation of the organisational and analytical skills that students have developed throughout their studies as an undergraduate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
|Additional Costs|| Nil.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One research proposal (Pass/Fail)
One written dissertation (100%)
||Students have meetings with their dissertation supervisor whilst working on their dissertation and this allows them to discuss progress and receive feedback. Written feedback on the final submitted dissertation is made available to students after the Exam Boards.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a command of a body of knowledge relevant to the chosen research field;
- demonstrate an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate an ability to understand, evaluate and use relevant primary source materials;
- demonstrate an ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments by formulating appropriate questions and harnessing relevant evidence, and to present those arguments in a manner befitting the discipline;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative, and intellectual integrity and maturity.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||As in indicated below the Dissertation is based on independent research. Accordingly there are no scheduled class hours. Supervisors and students arrange on a one-to-one basis times for them to meet to discuss the various stages of the project.
|Course organiser||Dr Stephen McDowall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3754
|Course secretary||Miss Lorna Berridge