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AM216 - Research Project

  • Module code: AM216
  • Module name: Research Project
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will allow students to work together on a collaborative research project making use of our extensive library holdings of electronic resources on the Americas, such as Early American Imprints, (full texts of more than 70,000 books printed in North America before 1819); Early American Newspapers, (350,000 fully searchable issues from over 710 historical American newspapers.) Early English Books Online (125,000 books printed in English before 1700) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (150,000 books printed in English between 1700 and 1800.)

Principal learning outcomes

Students will identify an appropriate individual research topic on the History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas, in conjunction with a tutor; undertake training on database work by completing the online ‘Computing for Historians’ module; where possible work collaboratively to create a database in Excel based on suitable electronic primary resources which can be used by all those helping to create it; present their individual research findings to their peers and to tutors in the form of a 15- minute powerpoint presentation. Be assessed not only on their research findings, but also on their oral presentation of the results.

Timetabled teaching activities

Week 1 Introduction to the electronic primary resources available, Week 2-5 Online tutorials in database work, Week 5 Meetings with tutor to identify suitable research topics, Weeks 5-9 Creation of databases and preparation of presentations, Week 10 Powerpoint presentations .

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: AM216-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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