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Course Title: Genealogy

College: Adult Continuing Education, General

Duration: 2 years

Course Delivery Method*: Blended

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Lectures and Workshops

Qualifications: Cert / Dip

NFQ Level: Level 7

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €1,360 per academic year. All ACE students are eligible to apply for loan membership of the Lough Credit Union. Students who join the Lough Credit Union loan scheme will be issued a membership number which must be inputted when registering online for this course. The purpose of this partnership is to provide finance for students, so that all may be in a position to take this course via a weekly payments system. The Lough Credit Union may be contacted at 021-4963384 or by emailing info@loughcu.ie

Entry Requirements: Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application Candidates would normally hold Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 qualification or equivalent and/or Hold relevant experience or demonstrate an interest in the area of genealogy studies • If the course is over-subscribed, candidates may be called for interview. English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score. Candidates who successfully complete First Year may opt not to proceed to Second Year and may exit the programme with a Certificate in Genealogy.

Course Code: DGNL

Next Intake: Sept 2014

Overview

The Diploma in Genealogy combines practical skills with portfolio based assessments designed to equip our learners with transferable skills aimed at genealogy, heritage and tourism employment. The course offers modules in genealogy, fieldwork, collection care and portfolio building. The Diploma offers participants the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary study of the past while developing genealogical research skills.

Course Details

The Diploma in Genealogy (NFQ, Level 7), is a part-time course which runs over two years. Participants will complete five modules per academic year worth a combined 60 credits.

Modules are listed below:
 

Year 1 Modules:

  • AD1894: Genealogy Skills: Concepts and Strategies (10 credits)
    This module will investigate the elements of Genealogy research. Students will learn about genealogical approaches to research, fieldworks, economics and historical sources. The course will consider the changing issues surrounding access to genealogical research and will examine varying approaches required for the genealogy essential toolkit in the twenty-first century. Students will learn how to evaluate core issues inherent in using a wide variety of sources. Students will also engage in relevant activities, such as history society activities, museum outings, and extra-curricular activities within a genealogical remit.
  • AD1895: Genealogy Sources (5 credits)
    This module will describe genealogy source typology; the building blocks of genealogical research. Students will learn how to differentiate between primary and secondary sources inherent in genealogy study. The course will teach students how retrieve genealogy sources in digital formats. This module will engage students in direct contact with primary source material available in archives and local repositories. Students will learn how to decipher the past through correct application of genealogical sources both primary and secondary.
  • AD1896: Fieldwork in Genealogy (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in fieldwork; the building blocks of genealogical practical research. Students will learn how to scope a genealogy fieldwork project. The course will examine graveyards, churches, archives, tourist locations and local repositories with the Cork area. Students will learn how to capture data through digital photography, sound files, paper record and digital sign ups. Students will engage in non-commercial and commercial ventures and understand partnership building as fieldwork strategy.
  • AD1897: Genealogy Pedigree Portfolio (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in family tree constructions using computer packages, Microsoft office, and other relevant file formats. Family tree and pedigree building portfolio practice will provide a core tenet in the course and students will practically engage with construction of charts, tables, spider graphs, maps and graphical templates.
  • AD1898: Genealogical Record Keeping I (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in record keeping; the building blocks of genealogical written research. Students will learn how to compile genealogical records in journal, project, annotated reference methods and how to maintain a genealogical records over a period of time, thematic contexts. Students will learn how to reference different sources academically over a range of differing style sheets inherent in genealogical study.

Year 2 Modules:

  • AD2827: Advanced Genealogy (10 credits)
    This module will investigate the elements of Genealogy research. Students will contextualise genealogical approaches to research, fieldworks, economics and historical sources. The course will consider the changing issues surrounding access to genealogical research and will build strategies required for the genealogy essential toolkit in the twenty-first century. Students will learn how to plan, scope and evaluate core issues inherent in using a wide variety of sources. Students will also engage in relevant activities, such as history society activities, museum outings, and extra-curricular activities within a genealogical remit.
  • AD2846: Genealogy Sources and Collection Care Techniques (5 credits)
    This module will describe genealogy source typology; the building blocks of genealogical research. Students will learn how to differentiate between primary and secondary sources inherent in genealogy study. The course will teach students how retrieve genealogy sources in digital formats. This module will engage students in direct contact with primary source material available in archives and local repositories. Students will learn how to decipher the past through correct application of genealogical sources both primary and secondary.
  • AD2847: Genealogy Fieldwork II (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in historical landscape fieldwork; the building blocks of genealogical practical research. Students will learn how to scope a genealogy fieldwork project. The course will examine graveyards, churches, archives, tourist locations and local repositories with the Cork area. Students will learn how to capture data through digital photography, sound files, paper record and digital sign ups. Students will engage in non-commercial and commercial ventures and understand partnership building as fieldwork strategy.
  • AD2858: Genealogy Pedigree Portfolio II (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in family tree constructions using computer packages, Microsoft office, and other relevant file formats. Family tree and pedigree building portfolio practice will provide a core tenet in the course and students will practically engage with construction of charts, tables, spider graphs, maps and graphical templates.
  • AD2859: Advanced Genealogical Record Keeping II (5 credits)
    This module will engage students in record keeping; the building blocks of genealogical written research. Students will learn how to compile genealogical records in journal, project, and annotated reference methods and how to maintain genealogical records over a period of time, thematic contexts. Students will learn how to reference different sources academically over a range of differing style sheets inherent in genealogical study.

Assessment

Assessment is by various forms of continuous assessment

Who Teaches This Course

Dr David J Butler
An historical geographer by training, Dr Butler is a graduate of The National University of Ireland - University College Cork (UCC) in history and geography (BA: 1997); he pursued his doctoral studies at the department of Geography, UCC, culminating in 2003 with the award of PhD (N.U.I.), before going on to complete the NUI Higher Diploma in GIS. Dr Butler is also the Academic Director of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre which is based in Limerick.

A team of visiting lecturers and tutors supply the course by teaching in their areas of expertise, as required, in both years of the course.

Further Contact Information

Dr David J Butler, Course Director
T: (0)21 490 2517
E: d.butler@ucc.ie


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Closing Date: 25 August 2014


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*Course Delivery Method:

  • Wholly face-to-face (0% Online): Programme/module with no online or web-based technology use, content delivered in writing (hard copy) or verbally (face to face)
  • Web Facilitated face-to-face (1-29% Online): Programme/module using web-based technology to facilitate or supplement what is essentially a face-to-face course. (eg. uses Blackboard to host lecture notes and readings)
  • Blended (30-79% Online): Programme/module which combines online or/and web-based learning with, face-to-face delivery
  • Online (80-100% Online): Programme which is delivered mostly or entirely online or/and web-based. Typically students are not obliged to attend face-to-face events/meetings. (exception: examinations may be in an exam centre)

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