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HPSC5150M Historical Skills and Practices

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Katherine Rawling

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students will be able to:

i) locate and organise the primary and secondary materials of research in the history of science, medicine and technology.
ii) assess the strengths and weaknesses of scholarly interpretations in relevant secondary literature.
iii) creatively and critically interpret primary evidence, of both textual and material varieties.
iv) organise their interpretations of evidence into a coherent historical exposition.


This module provides training, by means of practical exercises, in such historical skills as designing a research project, locating and exploiting resources, critically analyzing written and printed primary sources, interpreting material objects, conducting interviews, organizing disparate materials, and constructing a historical narrative.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for classes 10 hours x 10 = 100 hours

Writing of assessments 90 hours x 2 = 180 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x 3000 word essay

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work5 x 500 word discussions50.00
Essay1 x 3000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/01/2020


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