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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST1050 Introduction to Historical Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 350

Module manager: Dr S F Burrows

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective


To enable students to acquire and develop the basic skills required for the study of history at undergraduate level.

Skills outcomes
Teaches Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.
Locating and handling relevant information/ sources in Libraries/ archives/ on-line environments.
Ability to present complex ideas effectively in formal oral presentations.


Students will read closely one or two pieces of historical writing in order to investigate the intellectual method and approach of the historian, including the use of evidence; the literary construction of history; the purposes and functions of history. Students will learn to read critically, use the English language correctly, develop good practice in the compilation of bibliographies and footnotes, develop effective approaches to studying and learning, make oral presentations, and design and write essays.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Library Session21.002.00
Private study hours182.50
Total Contact hours17.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, preparing and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, Unassessed oral presentation, Bibliographic exercise, Book or article review, Assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayOne 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered on Friday of Week 950.00
Literature ReviewBook review to be delivered on Friday of Week 630.00
Written WorkBibliographic exercise to be delivered on Friday of Week 320.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/09/2010


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