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ARTF5101M Advanced Research Skills 1

5 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Claudia Sternberg

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

ARTF5994M Essential Research Skills 1

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced Research Skills 1 consists of two related parts: The module serves as an introduction to the extensive resources and skills support provided by the University of Leeds. Students work independently through online material offered by Skills@Library. This individually paced learning enables participants to refresh, complement and expand their research, referencing, writing and time management skills. Additionally, students and staff from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies come together in four interactive lectures. These address issues such as ‘deep’ reading and how to make the best use of databases and other digital resources. A further focus is on the rewards and challenges of working with archives or with human participants.


The objectives of this module are:
- to practice advanced research skills,
- to raise awareness of methodological and practical issues,
- to showcase the wealth of resources available,
- to increase confidence,
- to encourage and facilitate aspirational and original student research.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- locate library sources and resources at the University of Leeds and beyond,
- reference appropriately,
- construct suitable and viable research strategies for essays and larger projects,
- undertake and manage projects involving archives or human participants.


Weeks 1-11: Independent online learning
Week 3: Deep Reading
Week 5: Digital Resources
Week 7: Working with/in Archives
Week 9: Working with People
Week 11: Multiple choice test

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours22.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Online learning:
Students are expected to work through the postgraduate online resource “Skills for Success”, refreshing and updating their research skills and identifying and closing any knowledge gaps.
Private study:
This time should be dedicated to making connections between coursework in other modules and the research skills addressed in Advanced Research Skills 1.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at the lectures is monitored. Students are encouraged to make direct links between the module content and their Semester One essay work. Engagement with the postgraduate online resource and the lecture content is assessed in a multiple choice test in Week 11.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQPass/Fail100.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:22:38


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