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Postgraduate Course: Guided Research Placement (HIAR11094)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryA substantial placement offered to small groups of students in partnership with Edinburgh¿s flagship cultural institutions.
Course description Working collaboratively, you will deliver a project defined in advance by one of our partner institutions. Each placement is designed to enable you to gain direct hands-on experience in the research elements of the institution's work. Project briefs will vary from year to year but may include curating exhibitions, developing public engagement programmes or conducting research into a particular object, collection or archive. Following the initial briefing, relevant training and inductions, you will work with a high degree of autonomy over two semesters to ensure that the research project is delivered successfully on time and to budget.

The Guided Research Placement is only open to students pursuing the MSc by Research in Collections and Curating Practices. Projects will not be allocated on the basis of individual student interest but on existing skills, skills development needs and on the value of the type of experience entailed in the specific project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Placement Study Abroad Hours 400, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of 2 components; a 6,000 word blog broken down into 5 parts, plus a group presentation.

Component 1 (in total makes up 70% of course mark, split up as noted below): Blog
A set of blog posts will be submitted for assessment at the end of Semester 2. Each blog post will address a substantive aspect of your developing practice. The final summative submission will comprise of the following posts:

- Component 1.1 (10% of course mark): Self appraisal (1,000 words).

- Component 1.2 (10% of course mark): Case study analysis relevant to Placement concerns (1,000 words).

- Component 1.3 (15% of course mark): Thematic analysis relevant to Placement concerns (1,000 words).

- Component 1.4 (15% of course mark): Thematic analysis relevant to Placement concerns (1,000 words).

- Component 1.5 (20% of course mark): 6 short blog posts tracking and reflecting on your progress (2,000 words plus documentation).

Your blog will be marked by the Course Organiser with appropriate moderation. Note that deadlines for formative drafts of a selection of blog posts are set throughout the academic year, allowing you to receive feedback from tutors and peers (see section on ¿Feedback¿).

Component 2 (30% of course mark): Group Presentation
Working in a group, you will prepare a presentation, and deliver it during an assessment meeting attended by members of the MSc by Research Collections and Curating Practices Management Committee. The presentation will be marked by the Course Organiser, one member of the Management Committee and the Lead Contact for each Placement. It will be recorded for the External Examiner. Each group will be awarded a single mark.

Feedback Formative feedback
Written formative feedback will be given on working drafts of the following specific blog tasks as follows, at dates to be specified in advance:

- Component 1.1: Self appraisal to be submitted early in Semester 1

- Component 1.2: Case study analysis relevant to Placement concerns to be submitted in the middle of Semester 1

- Component 1.3: Thematic analysis relevant to Placement concerns to be submitted early in Semester 2.

Oral formative feedback will be given on a ¿group pitch¿ around the middle of Semester 1.

Summative Feedback
Components 1.1-1.5 (Blog) will receive written feedback.
Component 2 (Group Presentation) will receive written feedback.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research relating to professional curatorial practices, including organisational structures and standards in a cultural institution
  2. Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues presented by a specific research project context
  3. Plan and manage a programme of research relating to practical activity, informed by knowledge of professional standards in curatorial practice
  4. Work as part of a team to deliver research project outcomes professionally and on time
  5. Communicate assessment of personal progress and skills development and relate this to a group working context.
Learning Resources
The learning resources for each Guided Research Placement will include the staff expertise, collections data, and library and archive of the relevant institution. In addition, induction training will be offered covering both the institution and the project brief. Students will be able to draw upon the expertise of the staff of Edinburgh College of Art and the University¿s Centre for Research Collections.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will offer valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills, including advanced professional practice skills. Peer-to-peer communication, including working closely and creatively to deliver a project, is a key skill. Self-awareness and the ability to learn from challenges will be a key learning opportunity. Graduates will have a strong sense of autonomy and be prepared to establish or focus their careers in the creative, cultural and heritage industries.

Course organiserDr Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Hancock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4124
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