SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MMV112057
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will allow students to develop their intellectual and technical skills in a practical context. It complements and extends the knowledge developed during the programme and further involves the students in undertaking a 'real life' practical and management exercise that will prepare them for work in the heritage sector. This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a period of practical work in Semester B preceded by a preparatory period of occasional lectures, seminars and practicals in Semester A. Reflective learning is a core element which will allow students to analyse critically both the roles and functions of the department/organisation as well as their own role within it.


Semester A Seminars1. Introduction to Practical Work/ Projects2. Grant Writing3. Interviewing/ Committee Work 4. Presentation Skills5. Report WritingSemester B1. Individual/ Group Project: Introduction and Strategy DevelopmentSemester B Practical WorkIndependent student learning, in a group context, one day per week under guidance of appropriate staff.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:1. Evaluate practical and managerial skills of a problem-based project.2. Enhance their employability and career management.3. Undertake an individual and/or group project developing recommendations and strategies towards a solution.4. Reflect upon their own role both within the group structure and with the applicable organisational structure.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will take place with the cooperation of an approved service provider (normally Research collections, GCU) where typically students will undertake their experience on a 1 day per week over at least the period of the semester. Supervision and introduction to the project and resources will be provided by GCU Special Collections staff. MSc Programme Leader will ensure appropriate monitoring and liaison with department/institution.

Indicative Reading

Brennan, J. and Little B. (1996) A Review of Work based learning in Higher Education, LondonCook, Michael. (1977) Archives Administration. Folkestone, Dawson.Cook, Michael (1999) The Management of Information from Archives (2nd ed). Hampshire, Gower.Ellis, Judith (ed), (1993) Keeping Archives (2nd ed). Victoria, Thorpe in association with Australian Society of Archivists.Procter, Margaret, Cook, Michael, Williams, Caroline (eds), (2005) Political Pressure and the Archival Record. Chicago, Society of American Archivists.Fahy, Anne (ed.) (1995) Collections management. London, Routledge.(Leicester readers in museum studies)Hein, George E. (1998) Learning in the museum. London, Routledge. (Museum meanings) Hemsley, James; Cappellini, Vito; and Stanke, Gerd (eds.) (2005) Digital applications for cultural and heritage institutions. Aldershot.Williams, Caroline. (2006) Managing Archives: foundations, principles and practice Oxford, Chandos Publishing.

Transferrable Skills

Development of skills and knowledge towards:-observations, investigations, analysis, problem-solving, -project management;-group work in a context tailored towards their studies in the heritage sectors;-personal and career development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 85.00 50% PLACEMENT REPORT (individual).
Coursework 0.00 15.00 50% PRESENTATION (group).