Core Module Information
Module title: Script Analysis

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11132
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

Working in a small tutorial group, you will be focusing on a number of plays, ranging from Greek drama to the present day. Along with conducting appropriate contextual research, you will be carrying out a literary analysis of form, style, structure, language and thematic ideas. Each play will be examined in terms of the very specific challenges it poses in practical production. There will be two projects to complete – one purely analytical in terms of the relationships between language, character and narrative; and one (theoretically) practical in which a number of challenges are identified, along with a series of proposed practical solutions in production. Your presentation and resultant peer exchange will form a significant part of the learning and early in the term a calendar of presentation dates will be agreed.

Learning Outcomes for module:

At the end of this module students should be able to
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of theories and concepts in the analysis of dramatic playwriting and the context in which plays are produced and received.
LO2: Demonstrate some originality in articulating a point of view (in terms of the production issues and challenges posed by given plays) with confidence, clarity and vision
LO3: Identify and solve creative problems in play structure, content or story
LO4: Demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the relationship between the various parts of dramatic story-telling, including character, dialogue, plot, theme and visual/aural elements
LO5: Evaluate current research and scholarship in dramatic literary theory.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take the form of a seminar in which plays are discussed and analysed in a small interactive group. The focus of each seminar will be on practical challenges posed by the plays and will involve group work and individual presentations. (LOs 1-4). Participants will present the result of independent study and creative activity as well as written work (LO 5)

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The design of this programme is such that all practical modules simulate professional conditions and all theoretical modules inculcate skills that are valued by employers across a range of industries. Specifically, both practical and theoretical modules promote advanced skills in: communication, creative-problem solving, working collaboratively, working with a high-level of autonomy, and excellent time-management.

Research / teaching linkages
This module requires a depth of research into critical theory and literary structure and also promotes original creative response to specific practical challenges.

Supporting equality and diversity
In the design of this programme, and in its delivery, we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, and to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against. The nature of creating and producing new performance work is such that we feel staff and students will have the opportunity actively to promote multicultural points of view. Small intake across this course ensures that we will be able to respond to students individually, and to employ a variety of teaching and assessment methods to support a student’s learning experience. We will value the diverse experience that students from a wide variety of backgrounds bring to the work and the structure of this programme is such that it gives voice to that variety of experience.

Given the context of our delivery in Edinburgh, and the student residency for at least one if not two of the summer festivals, we are certain that students will be made aware of the international potential for their work, as well as the presence of international practice that can inspire the same in students’ work. Additionally, we hope to target a number of universities internationally in the hope of building an globally diverse cohort each year.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes place through continual feedback and dialogue between students and tutor in the seminars. Summative assessment is based on project presentation and final written analysis.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 50 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP11132 Script Analysis