Module title: Documentary Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC09122
Module leader: Sana Bilgrami
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

Ideally students undertaking this module will have engaged with the module content contained within JAC09116 Broadcast Journalism 2 or have knowledge of camera operation, avid editing, and short form broadcast package construction. Ability to find stories, conduct interviews and structure television packages.

2018/9, Trimester 2, 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: Sana Bilgrami
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module firmly embeds theory with practice in order that students understand the context and development of documentary, and the key academic theories current. This rich understanding of theory will complement the practice and vice versa. The module is delivered through lectures which will include showing of documentary films, and will enable students to write an essay on key theories current in documentary (LOs 1,2,3) . The production of the artefact (LOs 3,4,5) will be supported by specific camera and editing workshops from practitioners, and tutorials to support the finding, development and execution of ideas. The LTA approach is to ensure progression from the broadcast work carried out in Broadcast Journalism 2 and which will further enable students to work on their 4th year Major Journalism Project in television documentary to a higher level.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The rationale of this module is to further develop employability of students by better preparing them for opportunities that will arise from our recent partnership with STV to deliver content and work with them in providing daily coverage for their Edinburgh City TV. The module will also, by embedding practice with research, improve scholarship skills.

Assessment (formative or summative)
The module has two assessments. Assessment one is an essay that will allow students to explore key academic theories, and how practice engages with research (30%, due week 10, LOs covered 1,2,3). The second assessment is a 6 minute documentary (70%, due week 13, LOs covered 3,4,5). Summative feedback will be provided during tutorials.

Research / teaching linkages
Staff on the module are actively engaged in documentary research and practice.
Specifically looking at visual ethnography in commissioned broadcast programmes, staff have backgrounds in documentary production and still work in industry.



Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Project - Practical 70 3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module firmly embeds theory with practice in order that students understand the context and development of documentary, and the key academic theories current. This rich understanding of theory will complement the practice and vice versa. The module is delivered through lectures which will include showing of documentary films, and will enable students to write an essay on key theories current in documentary (LOs 1,2,3) . The production of the artefact (LOs 3,4,5) will be supported by specific camera and editing workshops from practitioners, and tutorials to support the finding, development and execution of ideas. The LTA approach is to ensure progression from the broadcast work carried out in Broadcast Journalism 2 and which will further enable students to work on their 4th year Major Journalism Project in television documentary to a higher level.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
LO1: Critically reflect on the key debates surrounding documentary programmes.
LO2: Examine the relationship between documentary-maker and subject
LO3: Translate ideas into research, and by extension into commissionable documentary programmes
LO4: Operate technical equipment (cameras/editing software) to a competent level
LO5: Produce a longer-form work of documentary practice

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC09122 Documentary Practice