Module title: Professional Media Production Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: JAC11118
Module leader: Rachel Younger
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2017/8, Trimester 3, Blended,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures will take place during an intensive online teaching week and will provide you with insight into materials covered on this module. All lecture materials will be made available online to enable you to revise and engage with the content in your own time (LO1-5). Your production dissertation supervisor will support you as you identify a topic of merit and as you plan and implement the execution of your production dissertation. Regular online individual tutorials will be scheduled, and you are advised to prepare to ensure you benefit from each of these sessions. You will show initiative and take steps yourself to initiate, plan and complete the dissertation (LO1-5). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you will be encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your career prospects. It will hone your professional as well as analytical and transferable skills and help you acquire new areas of expertise, with a view to giving you a cutting edge in a competitive workplace. This module is designed to strengthen your personal development and to enhance your ability to work across many sectors of the media industry.
Assessment (formative and summative)
Your production dissertation is to include an artefact or a series of artefacts equivalent to 7,500 words. This can be a television documentary, a series of interlinked magazine articles, a cross-platform project or another substantial form of journalism or media practice of your choice. The 7,500 word critical analysis must refer to academic literature and should normally include an introduction or hypothesis, a literature review, a methodology outlining how your primary research will be conducted as well as a conclusion. Your primary research in this

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
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures will take place during an intensive online teaching week and will provide you with insight into materials covered on this module. All lecture materials will be made available online to enable you to revise and engage with the content in your own time (LO1-5). Your production dissertation supervisor will support you as you identify a topic of merit and as you plan and implement the execution of your production dissertation. Regular online individual tutorials will be scheduled, and you are advised to prepare to ensure you benefit from each of these sessions. You will show initiative and take steps yourself to initiate, plan and complete the dissertation (LO1-5). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you will be encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your career prospects. It will hone your professional as well as analytical and transferable skills and help you acquire new areas of expertise, with a view to giving you a cutting edge in a competitive workplace. This module is designed to strengthen your personal development and to enhance your ability to work across many sectors of the media industry.
Assessment (formative and summative)
Your production dissertation is to include an artefact or a series of artefacts equivalent to 7,500 words. This can be a television documentary, a series of interlinked magazine articles, a cross-platform project or another substantial form of journalism or media practice of your choice. The 7,500 word critical analysis must refer to academic literature and should normally include an introduction or hypothesis, a literature review, a methodology outlining how your primary research will be conducted as well as a conclusion. Your primary research in this

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
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures will take place during an intensive online teaching week and will provide you with insight into materials covered on this module. All lecture materials will be made available online to enable you to revise and engage with the content in your own time (LO1-5). Your production dissertation supervisor will support you as you identify a topic of merit and as you plan and implement the execution of your production dissertation. Regular online individual tutorials will be scheduled, and you are advised to prepare to ensure you benefit from each of these sessions. You will show initiative and take steps yourself to initiate, plan and complete the dissertation (LO1-5). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you will be encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your career prospects. It will hone your professional as well as analytical and transferable skills and help you acquire new areas of expertise, with a view to giving you a cutting edge in a competitive workplace. This module is designed to strengthen your personal development and to enhance your ability to work across many sectors of the media industry.
Assessment (formative and summative)
Your production dissertation is to include an artefact or a series of artefacts equivalent to 7,500 words. This can be a television documentary, a series of interlinked magazine articles, a cross-platform project or another substantial form of journalism or media practice of your choice. The 7,500 word critical analysis must refer to academic literature and should normally include an introduction or hypothesis, a literature review, a methodology outlining how your primary research will be conducted as well as a conclusion. Your primary research in this

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
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

A series of online lectures will introduce you to a range of research methods into journalism and media practice. You will also be given advice on managing the planning, research, production and writing activities required on this module. You will refresh your knowledge of scholarly writing, literature reviewing, framing, generating research questions as well as critical analysis, and be encouraged to synthesise skills and academic understanding you have acquired on the taught part of the programme. A designated production dissertation supervisor will support you throughout the production process. However, this module strongly encourages you to take responsibility for the initiation, planning and execution of an ambitious, reflective, critical, original and creative project that aspires to excellence. This substantial independent investigation will help you develop skills that will be transferable to managing large projects in your professional practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: apply critical thinking and professional excellence to a substantial industry based production project
LO2: identify a topic of merit suitable for rigorous scholarly enquiry grounded in journalism or media practice
LO3: demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks for journalism and media research
LO4: produce an artefact that showcases strong production values, ambition and originality in practice
LO5: independently initiate, plan and execute your production dissertation.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11118 Professional Media Production