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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HPSC5151M Making Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Kevin Jones

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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

Further Reading and Essay Preparation 180 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to submit a 1000 word piece of coursework for formative assessment midway through the module. Students will receive verbal comments on their understanding and progress in seminars and be able to visit staff during office hours or arranged meetings throughout the semester.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 5000 word essay100.00
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: 25/01/2024


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