Module HWW-2070:
Welsh History Workplace S1

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Karen Pollock

Overall aims and purpose

strong textThe placements seek to provide students with an understanding of the practical application of their academic knowledge of History, Welsh History or Archaeology to professional fields that are intimately associated with those disciplines.

Course content

The student normally spends one day a week during the appropriate semester, and in total about 70 hours, working in an archives office, an archaeological unit or a museum service undertaking specific tasks of a practical as well as an academic nature as given them by the officer(s) in charge. These typically include drawing up inventories, collating field evidence, drawing up catalogues of discrete manuscript or artefact collections, as well as at times dealing with public enquiries.

Currently the Department has agreements with most of the archive record offices in north Wales, but especially at Caernarfon and Llangefni, with the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, with Oriel Bangor and Oriel Môn at Llangefni and the regimental Museum at Caernarfon. Approved excavation training courses may qualify if of sufficient duration and rigour and conform to the Course Guidelines.

Students should also be aware that there are health and safety implications to all placements.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Threshold students (lower 40s) will demonstrate an appropriate range or depth of knowledge of at least parts of the workplace, and will make partly-successful attempts to frame an argument that engages with the practical work they carried out while in the workplace.

good

Good students (60s) will show a solid level of achievement in all the criteria of the paragraphs above. Threshold students (lower 40s) will demonstrate an appropriate range or depth of knowledge of at least parts of the workplace, and will make partly-successful attempts to frame an argument that engages with the practical work they carried out while in the workplace.

excellent

Excellent students (70s and above) will show this level of achievement across the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis.

Learning outcomes

  1. Read select texts concerning archival practice or archaeological techniques or museum organisation.

  2. Show regular attendance at the office of the relevant service or unit and adhere to the supervision and direction of the service officers and participate in the public role of that service or unit.

  3. Undertake the searches and/or practical work within the normal sphere of the service or unit's activity.

  4. Produce a report, project or similar work to the professional standard required by the service or unit.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Work pro

Work Project Report (in total 6,000-7,000 words) This report should contain two elements, structured as follows: 1. A diary which sets out the aims of the placement, the tasks undertaken, methods employed and achievements. This should not be less than 2,000 words.

  1. An essay/report based on a subject or theme related to the placement. It should set the placement in a wider context, explain its academic value and draw on relevant historiography. Students should liaise with the course-coordinator and choose a topic that is relevant to the work undertaken. 3,000-4,000 words.
100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 
  1. The student will work in a workplace as agreed between the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, the workplace, and the student (standing arrangements exist with Caernarfon and Llangefni record offices, with the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, with Oriel Bangor and Oriel Môn at Llangefni and the regimental Museum at Caernarfon. The work placement can also be carried out on excavations run by members of staff in the School.

  2. The student will be expected to contextualise the workplace experiences by directed reading of material related to the tasks carried out in the workplace environment.

  3. Students will be advised by the course co-ordinator in individual sessions about progress and written work

 
Lecture 6
Work-based learning 70
Private study 124

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

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