British Naval Power in the Age of Nelson (HIH1535)
|Staff||Dr Martin Robson - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||
Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; |
Various types of evidence (official, personal, literary, visual, statistical) will be examined for the different perspectives they provide on the nature of British naval supremacy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Ability to assess the nature of British naval power in the age of Nelson.
- 2. Ability to work critically with a range of sources for the naval history of Britain, with particular reference to late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
- 3. Ability to critique modern British historical texts.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Ability to identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. bias, reliability, etc., and to compare the validity of different types of source.
- 5. Ability to answer a question briefly and concisely.
- 6. Ability to present work orally, to respond to questions orally, and to think quickly of questions to ask other students.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 9. Ability to work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group. Ability to write to a very tight word-length.
This module will examine contemporary documents to evaluate the validity of sources for the study of aspects of naval power, including policy and strategy, dockyard management, mutiny and the health of seamen.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 hour lecture: Introduction to module|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||10 x 2 Seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week. |
|Guided independent study||128||Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing five source commentaries and an essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term. |
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-4, 6-7, 9||Oral|
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60 (15% per commentary)||2000 words (500 per commentary)||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
|1500 word essay||1500 word essay||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Sir John Knox Laughton (ed), Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham (Navy Records Society, 1907-11)
John Hattendorf et al (eds), British Naval Documents 1204-1960 (Navy Records Society, 1994)
B. Lavery, Nelson’s Navy: the Ships, Men and Organisation 1793-1815 (Chatham Publishing, 1989)
R. Morriss, The Royal Dockyards during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (Leicester UP, 1983)
J. Black and P. Woodfine (eds), The British Navy and the Use of Naval Power in the Eighteenth Century (Leicester UP, 1988)
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