PGCert HSC CCHM2003: Work-based Culture Project

Short Codes:

CCHM2003A
CCHM2003B
CCHM2003C

Credits: 15

AIMS

The module will comprise a taught element and work-based learning, allow students to learn how heritage organisations / works are run and managed as business. Students will be expected to apply all knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout all the modules studied on the MA programme to make the most of their experiences on the work-based learning.

The module aims to:

  • Review the learnt knowledge and skills from the previous modules

  • Establish students with valuable practical work experience in the heritage industry

  • Explore different workplaces and allow students to effectively apply skills and knowledge taught throughout the MA programme

  • Debate the heritage skills and its applications to the selected work-based option

  • Critically analyse students’ practical work through the reflective report

The three optional modules aim to provide students a range of different practical learning opportunity that are suitable for them, and students will be expected to apply all the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout all the modules studied on the MA programme to make the most of their experiences on the selected placement option.

Option 1 (CCHM2003A): Industrial Placement

This option builds on CCHM2000: Research, Oral History and Employability Skills in Cultural Heritage, and allow students to use the learnt skills to submit placement request for their selected cultural organisation for the real work experience. It will provide students with invaluable practical work experience in the cultural heritage industry, and allow them to learn how heritage organisations are run and managed as businesses. Undertaking a work-based placement will also enhance students’ employment prospects. Students joining this option will be placed in a cultural heritage organisation which preferably holds a Chinese collection in the UK, or any worldwide culture organisation.

Module Leader will discuss the individual placement schedule plan with the supervisor of the placement organisation. Students need to keep a logbook for their working time schedule.

Option 2 (CCHM2003B): Oral History Project

This option builds on CCHM2000: Research, Oral History and Employability Skills in Cultural Heritage, and will provide students with invaluable exercise in conducting an oral history project under an assigned subject area for Ming-Ai’s British Chinese Heritage Centre. Students joining this option allows them to learn how to collect and manage intangible culture heritage through “culture and memories” in the UK. Undertaking an oral history project placement will also enhance students’ employment prospects among related culture heritage sectors.

It can be individual or class project. Students who take this module are required to complete CCHM2000and to keep a logbook for their working time schedule.

Option 3 (CCHM2003C): Exhibition Project

This option builds on CCHM2002: Curating Cultural Heritage Exhibitions and will provide students with invaluable exercise in planning a students’ exhibition under an assigned subject area for Ming-Ai’s British Chinese Heritage Centre. Students joining this option allows them to learn how to curate a culture heritage exhibition. Undertaking exhibition placement will also enhance students’ employment prospects among related culture heritage sectors.

This option requires a minimum of 15 students as it is a group exercise. Students (the class) will be tasked with different roles in the curatorial team for this students’ exhibition. Students who take this module are required to complete CCHM2002 and to keep a logbook for their working time schedule.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Upon the successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and have extensive knowledge of how a heritage organisation, an oral history or an exhibition is managed and operated

  • Understand how different heritage organisations are managed and operated

  • Understand the significance of the practical knowledge and techniques gained and how they can apply and use in the care of a Chinese collections by a heritage organisation.

SKILLS

  • High levels of organisation, time management and responsibility

  • Ability to successfully complete tasks set by supervisors during work-based learning

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with members of staff (and public) at a heritage organisation

  • Ability to behave professionally in a working environment

  • Additional skills specific to the role undertaken–these may vary according to availability and interest of the students. e.g., marketing or communication skills

Syllabus

Preparatory lecturers for work-based skill development (applicable to all options)

  • Explain how to keep the logbook for work-based heritage project

  • Development of knowledge and understanding on the field of cultural heritage

  • Familiarise students with effective working relationships with others, leadership, group dynamics and different types of groups

Option 1 (CCHM2003A): Industrial Placement

This option will provide students:

  • Development of knowledge and understanding on the field of cultural heritage

  • Professional development

  • Career Management

Option 2 (CCHM2003B): Oral History Project

This option will provide students:

  • Development of knowledge and understanding on the field of cultures and memories (intangible culture heritage)

  • In-depth teaching on oral history interview methods (traditional and digital)

  • Professional development

  • Career Management

Option 3 (CCHM2003C): Exhibition Project

This option will provide students:

  • In-depth teaching visits to exhibitions (on-site teachings)

  • Personal practical participation from exhibition planning, production to launching, students can practise and understand the key stages of the curatorial process

  • Professional development

  • Career Management

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Students will undertake a flexible 5 to 10 weeks (minimum of 80 hours) work-based learning. Assessment formats are the same for the three option modules.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework 1 (40%) & Coursework 2 (60%)

Total: 100 %