Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation | My Assignment Tutor

1BA PERFORMANCECultural and Historical Studies DissertationUnit code FU001060Credit rating 40Notional learning hours 400 hoursStage 3Level 6Unit leader Neil Kirkham([email protected])Teaching team Amber Jane Butchart, Pamela ChurchGibson, Shahidha Bari, Lorraine Henry,Mariam AtiehTimetable UAL TimetableAcademic year 2020/21IntroductionThe overall aim of the dissertation is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrateyour understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within culturaland historical theory and your ability to apply those perspectives in a specific study.You will research a topic of your choice that has relevance to the discipline of culturaland historical studies. This may relate to your course discipline, and should elaborateknowledges developed in prior cultural and historical studies units. You will undertakea substantial piece of structured primary and secondary research that criticallyengages with cultural issues relating to fashion, the body, performance, or the mediaand communications industries and which reflects on the critical debates andconcerns addressed in your course.2Assessment and Project BriefA 7,000 word dissertation – One electronic copy of your dissertation to besubmitted via Turnitin (Feedback Studio).The dissertation is an independent piece of work involving the collection,interpretation, analysis and presentation of material and data. The work allows youto show that you can analyse issues, work independently and plan and complete asubstantial piece of written work in a given time-frame. It also allows you todemonstrate that you are capable of independent thought and that you are adept ingathering appropriate evidence from relevant information and data sources tosupport your arguments.See the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation Guidelines for further details.Guidelines will be available on Moodle. It is very important that you read and refer tothe CHS Dissertation Guidelines in conjunction with this Unit Handbook.Online submission: Turnitin (Feedback Studio) UKYou are required to submit your submission online via Turnitin (Feedback Studio).The submission point is located in the Moodle CHS Dissertation page in the sectionfor the unit you are submitting to. Be careful to ensure that you are submitting to thecorrect submission point. Your file can be submitted as a Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF(.pdf) file no larger than 100mb.You are advised to use Turnitin to support your writing process. You can submityour work to the Turnitin practise area and check your similarity report. This willallow you to make any amendments to your work before you submit your final pieceof work by the deadline.34 Scheme of WorkDate, Session Topic and Learning ActivitySelf-Directed Study ActivitiesWeek 1:21st October, 2020 Unit and Assessment BriefingWebinar – details of unit to bepresented Dissertation proposals submitted Narrow down scope of project, Familiarise yourself with the DissertationGuidelines Document on Moodle. Submit dissertation proposalWeek 2:27th October, 2020 (HMUP Groups A&B)28th October, 2020 (3D Effects, Costume &HMUP Group C) Webinar: Online Group Tutorial Gather examples and undertake academicreading, Consult methodological toolkit andmaterials on Moodle. Expand and develop proposalWeek 2:29th October, 2020Research Methods Lecture Watch lectureWeek 3 or Week 4:HMUP (Groups A & B)3rd November, 2020Or10th November, 20203D Effects, Costume & HMUP Group C4th November, 2020Or11th November, 2020 Online Tutorial 1 (One-to-one) Supervisor and student discussdissertation proposal, the scope of thetopic, primary and secondary research,the dissertation question. Students should bring any examples ofprimary research they have gathered; forinstance, images, ephemera, articles, Produce passages of writing to bring to nexttutorial, Continue with primary and secondary research, Begin analysing primary and/or secondarysources, Draft indicative dissertation plan (bring to nexttutorial). 5 film stills; examples of relevant academictexts; and, if applicable, any writing theyhave produced.Week 3: 5th, November, 2020Research Methods/Ethics Lecture Watch lectureWeek 4: 12th, November, 2020Writing-up Lecture Watch lectureWeek 5 or Week 6:HMUP (Groups A&B)17th November, 2020Or24th November, 20203D Effects, Costume & HMUP (Group C)18th November, 2020Or25th November, 2020 Online Tutorial 2 (One-to-one) Students should bring in a sample ofwriting they have produced. Supervisor and student discuss primaryand secondary research, analysis, andrelevant theories. Continue writing sections of dissertation.Week 7 or Week 8:HMUP (Groups A&B)1st December, 2020Or8th December, 20203D Effects, Costume & HMUP (Group C)2nd December, 2020Or9th December, 2020 Online Tutorial 3 (One-to-one) Supervisor advises on dissertation plan,discussion of structure, how to build anargument, and any gaps in yourresearch, Discussion of synthesising research bybringing together various sources. Work on structure and argument, Continue working on draft, Highlight sections of the dissertation in need ofdevelopment and bring to group tutorial. 6 Week 9:15th December, 2020 (HMUP Groups A&B)16th December, 2020 (3D Effects, Costume &HMUP Group C)Webinar: Group Tutorial (breakout groups) Discussion of structure, argument, andsynthesis of ideas – how to bringtogether the different elements of yourdissertation, Discussion of formatting, referencing andusing Turnitin as a tool, Feedback and general advice. Continue to develop your draft taking onboardadvice about structure and argument, Re-read the dissertation Guidelines,WINTER BREAKWeek 10 or Week 11:HMUP (Groups A&B)12th January, 2021Or19th January, 20213D Effects, Costume & HMUP (Group C)13th January, 2021Or20th January, 2021 Online Tutorial 4 (One-to-One) Student and supervisor discussintroduction and conclusion, Discuss formatting, presentation andreferencing, Check Turnitin Report together. Finalise dissertation for submission, Work on presentation and formatting, Ensure reference list and in-text citations arecompleted, use Turnitin (Feedback Studio UK)via Moodle to check that all quotations areenclosed in quote marks, Check the Unit Handbook and DissertationGuidelines Document before submission.The scheme of work is intended only as an outline of topics to be covered and is not a definitive list of whatwill be included in individual sessions.From time to time alterations may be made to the scheme of work to take account of students’ progressand unforeseen events or opportunities. If so, you will be informed in advance where possible, but pleasecheck Moodle daily. 7Assessment MethodsThis unit is assessed holistically (100% of the unit).A 7,000 word dissertation – see ‘Assessment and Project Brief’ section for details.Learning Outcomes and Assessment CriteriaUpon successful completion of this unit you will be able to demonstrate:1. a clearly identified and focused research topic and related research questions (knowledge);2. an ability to identify and critically review a body of relevant academic literature (enquiry);3. the collection of primary and secondary data and reflection on research method(s) (process);4. the application of appropriate cultural and historical theory in an analytical and critical way(enquiry);5. an ability to present a well-researched, cogent and sustained argument following theconventions of academic writing (communication).Assessment will be against the specified assessment criteria.The assessment website provides an overview of assessment regulations for your course.Unit and Assessment CostsThe college provides a broad range of resources to support your studies and help you to producework for assessment.However, you may have to pay additional costs. Depending on personal choice, these couldinclude: Consumable stationery including reporters notebooks, folders, pens and pencils;For research, you may choose to attend events that carry a cost of entry or to purchaseproducts that bear a cost. You can discuss your choices and likely costs with your unit leader before starting your work.Please note that work presented for assessment will be evaluated against unit learning outcomesusing UAL’s assessment criteria.Grades are not based on the amount of money you spend on your assessment.8Schedule of Key DatesBriefing 21 October, 2020Summative assessment 27 January, 2021Adjusted assessment 10 February, 2021Publication of assessment feedback 10 March, 2021Publication of Exam Board results 8 July, 2021End of year Exam Board 29 June, 2021You must check your student portal under myAssessments for the Exam Board results.Fair AssessmentThe University has robust processes in place to make sure that assessment is fair for all studentsand you can find out more on the Fair Assessment webpage.As part of its approach to fair assessment the University has an Anonymous Marking Policy. Thismeans that for some assignments the marker will not know the name of the student whose workthey are marking.This assessment will not be marked anonymously because anonymous marking systems are notcurrently available for units taken by students from multiple courses; tutors may gain familiaritywith students’ work in the process of formative assessment and informal feedback. However,internal moderation and all other elements of the assessment process will remain in place for thisassignment to make sure the assessment is fair, accurate and consistent for all students.9Summative Assessment Submission DetailsDate 27 January, 2021Time by 15.00 UK TimeLocation Submission online via Turnitin (Feedback Studio) located in the MoodleCHS Dissertation pageAdjusted Assessment deadline if your Individual Student Agreement (ISA) includes additional timefor assessments: Date10 February, 2021Timeby 15.00 UK TimeLocationSubmission online via Turnitin (Feedback Studio) located in the MoodleCHS Dissertation page Digital SubmissionThis assessment will be submitted via an online submission platform called Turnitin (FeedbackStudio) UK. As part of the submission process, the University will utilise Turnitin (Feedback Studio)UK to check the authenticity and originality of your work.The LCF Digital Learning site includes step-by-step guides to uploading assignments to Turnitin(Feedback Studio) and Moodle.If you are experiencing technical difficulties uploading your assignment, please contact the eLearning support team [email protected] you have any other queries relating to your submission please contact the CHS admin [email protected] for help.Please note: These services are only available during office hours10Submission information:Please note the following:1. Ensure your work clearly states: Your name and student ID number; Your degree and year of study; The title of the unit; The name of the tutor.2. Do not hand your work in before the hand-in time, unless your Course Leader haspreviously agreed to this;3. Submit your work personally. This is to ensure that it is delivered on time and to the rightlocation;4. Once you have submitted your work, you will not be able to access it again until after it hasbeen assessed;5. You must keep an electronic copy of all written and digital work;6. Ensure you obtain a receipt upon submission (email) and that you keep this receipt.11ResearchIn order to facilitate your independent learning there is an extensive weekly reading and resourcelist. Do not be intimidated by the size of this list, you are not expected to read all the suggestedtitles. Many of the titles suggested are chapter length, not full books.LEARNING RESOURCESBenshoff, H. (2015) Film & Television Analysis: an introduction to Methods, Theories andApproaches. London: Routledge., G.; Fielding, N. & Lee, R.M. (eds) (2017) The SAGE handbook of online research methods(Second Edition). Los Angeles: Sage., B. (2014) Qualitative research methods for media studies. New York: Routledge., D. et al. (2004) The Practice of Cultural Studies. London: Sage. See especially ‘Writingand the autobiographical voice’ pp. 81-82., H. (2016). Fashion Studies: Research Methods, Sites and Practices. London: BloomsburyAcademic., Y. (2020) Doing research in fashion and dress: An introduction to qualitative methods(Second Edition). London: Bloomsbury., S. (2007) Doing Interviews. Los Angeles: Sage., A. (2003) Textual analysis: A beginner’s guide. London: Sage., I. & Kim, A. (2015) The Dress Detective: A practical guide to object-based research infashion. London: Bloomsbury., S. (2013). Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media and Representation in Research. LosAngeles: Sage., J. (1994) ‘Mind in Matter: An introduction to material culture theory and method’ in Pearce,S. M. (Ed) Interpreting Objects and Collections. London: Routledge, Pp.133-138., G. (2001) Visual Methodologies: An introduction to the interpretation of visual materialsLondon and Thousand Oaks, California: Sage., J. (2016) Doing qualitative research online. London: Sage., P. (2003) Doing Research in Cultural Studies. London: Sage., J. (2003) How to do media and cultural studies. Los Angeles: Sage., J. & Åhlberg, M. (2012) Visualizing social science research: Maps, methods &meaning. Los Angeles: SAGE. RELEVANT RESOURCESBloomsbury Fashion Central is a dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashionand dress. Content is peer reviewed by industry and academic experts and includesinterconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies,biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstagephotos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world tocreate a rich educational resource. you would prefer to listen to, rather than read the Dissertation reader content, you can useSensus Access to convert the documents into audio files or audiobooks. To do this, download thedocument from the reader file, to your computer desktop, click on the link above and follow theinstructions. The audio file or audiobook will then be delivered to your UAL email account. Click link to open resource.Students are advised to check the library website for further information all learning resources listed above are availabledigitally.Important InformationLCF Academic SupportThe academic support programme at LCF is designed to meet the needs of all students from alllevels and disciplines. Our emphasis is on enhancement of learning to assist students in achievingtheir full potential, to help improve their self-esteem and employability. Developing skills is agradual process and does not happen overnight. It is an individual process that you build on, asyou progress through your course. If you need help to start your first assignment or want tips onreading and notetaking, then we can help. In addition to this, our dedicated team can also supportyou with presentations, time management, referencing, avoiding plagiarism and much more.For more information on our drop-ins, or on how to book a session, please go to:UAL Academic Support Online: UAL Academic Support Online (ASO)Email: [email protected]: 020 7514 7586
Room number: JPS 208 (second floor)ReferencingUAL Assessment and Quality advises that the Harvard Referencing Style on the Cite Them RightOnline website is used for all taught courses.Cite Them Right Online is a referencing resource. It will help you to cite and reference just aboutany source and avoid plagiarism. The site also allows you to create your own references bycopying the layout illustrated; you can then email the example to yourself or cut and paste it into adocument.14On campus go to Cite Them Right and you will be automatically logged on. To login off campus goto Cite Them Right (off Campus). You will be asked to go via your home institution and then to login with your University login and password.What is academic misconduct?Academic misconduct refers to any form of academic cheating.Please note that if you use any proof-reading services, this may be subject to academicmisconduct. You are therefore advised to make use of services offered by UAL only.For guidance on how to avoid academic misconduct, please refer to the information provided onthe UAL website, which can be accessed here.AcknowledgementsYou must acknowledge any support from within UAL. This might include: UAL Language SupportUAL Dyslexia / Disability ServiceLCF Academic SupportLCF Writer in Residence You must also acknowledge any support, such as tutoring, that you have received during theresearch and writing of your assignment.For example:“In the writing of this dissertation I have received assistance from…”Please note: if you do not acknowledge support you have received, this constitutes academicmisconduct.You should include the following statement with all work that is submitted for assessment:“I, your name, certify that this is an original piece of work. I have acknowledged all sources andcitations. No section of this essay has been plagiarised.”Please note: plagiarism forms part of academic misconduct (see information above).Self-plagiarism / submitting the same piece of work for more than one assignmentIt is important to understand that “Deliberately submitting the same piece of work for assessmentfor more than one assignment” is classed as academic misconduct at UAL. This is because youhave already received academic credit for the work. Therefore, you must not resubmit work foranother unit, in whole or in part, if the work has already been assessed at UAL or elsewhere, foracademic credit or an award.15What happens if I fail a piece of work or miss the deadline?The UAL Student Guide to Failure and Retrieval provides useful information on: What happens if you fail a piece of work or miss a deadline; What to do if you are ill or have other extenuating circumstances;How to avoid plagiarism in your work;What to do if you want to appeal an exam board decision. The Course Regulations webpage provides an overview of all the key regulations for your course.RetrievalIf you fail a unit, or fail to submit work by the agreed deadline, the Exam Board will usually allowyou to ‘retrieve’ that failure through a ‘referral’ or ‘deferral’ opportunity.Unit grades for reassessment remain uncapped for this academic year. You will only be allowed aresubmission attempt once (unless you have validated extenuating circumstances).Please note that if you are retaking any units you are not permitted a further retake. Referral is where you will be asked to resubmit work for assessment. This will be capped by theexamination board at D- for the unit OR Pass for a Pass / Fail unit. This regulation has been removedfor the 2020/21 academic Year and you will no longer be capped for a resubmission. Deferral is when there are extenuating circumstances that have been accepted by the exam board; Any deferral work submitted will be uncapped as if for the first time and without penalty, andyou can receive the full range of marks.Further information on Assessment Submissions and Failure and Retrieval can be found in theUAL Student Guides that can be accessed on the UAL Assessment website here.New Assessment and Project Brief: you must check your student portalunder myAssessments for information and then refer to Moodle for the details of the newassessment you have been set, the deadline, and the member of staff you are required to contactfor a referral tutorial.Original Assessment and Project Brief: if you are asked to resubmit the original assessment,please note this information can be found in this unit handbook on page 1.It is your responsibility to contact your Referral Officer/Course Leader to take up the offer of anyreferral / deferral tutorial. You should contact your Course Leader if you are unsure of what youare required to do.Student Portal myAssessmentsLog in to your student portal with the details below:Username: the same as your UAL network login;Password: the same as your UAL network password.If you are having problems logging in to your student portal, please contact the registry helpdeskteam on [email protected] note that it is your responsibility to check your portal for confirmation that you have passedall units required, or whether you have further work to complete.


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