Module title: Representing the Real

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD07105
Module leader: Sana Bilgrami
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sana Bilgrami
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Lectures and screenings examine the constructed nature of audio-visual texts, and investigate how documentary filmmakers give filmic elements meaning and relative expressiveness (LO 1, 4, 6). Technical demonstrations introduce you to documentary filmmaking camera operation and sound recording via a series of moving image exercises (LO 5). You will gather research material around a given brief and collate and develop this in to a Documentary Film Proposal (element 1). Tutorials, workshops and seminars will explore how to translate your research material in to filmic structures and develop your skills in working collaboratively, culminating in the completion of a short group film project ( element 2 - LO 1,2,3,4,5) and a final written critique (LO 6).

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the process of researching and project development for both element 1 and element 2, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon the continuous feedback and review that you will receive both from your peers and from your assessors. The oral feedback given during seminars and tutorials will constitute the main form of your feedback and you will be encouraged to evidence this by keeping a journal of your learning activities, which should include notes from seminars, tutorials and production meetings, as well as your critical reflections, and your independent research. The journal will inform your Documentary Film Proposal submission (element 1) as well as your Final Written Critique (element 3).
The processes involved in the research, development and production of the Film Project (element 2) will be subject to continuing peer and assessor review.
You will also undertake a series of technical workshops in support of your assessable course work.

Summative Assessment:
You will undertake 3 elements of summative assessment during the module. Element 1 is the completion of an individual written proposal for a documentary film (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO6), which will involve researching a subject of your choice (within the constraints of a given brief), and then translating that research into the final proposal. The research is to be outlined in your journal and will be referenced when assessing your Proposal.
Element 2 is the completion of a short collaborative documentary film project (LO1 – LO6). You will be put in to groups to research and develop your ideas and you will formally propose your film for approval, which will be subject to peer and assessor review. Working in groups you will all engage in the production and post production processes of the film, with the completed film being presented at a final critique for further peer review and assessor feedback.
Element 3 is a written response to the final work following the critique, where you will critically reflect upon the outcomes of the project work undertaken as well as your contribution (LO6).
Assessment will also take in to account your ability to contribute to group work, manage workloads, study independently and meet deadlines (LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 24
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
Project - Written 30 1,2,4,6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Project - Practical 50 1,2,3,4,5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 20 6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 800
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Documentary films usually attempt to represent or inquire into some aspect of the ‘real world’. The documentary filmmaker goes through a process of perceiving, filtering and shaping ‘reality’ throughout the process of making a film: from the stage of generating and researching ideas, through to editing documentary film footage to create a cinematic narrative.
On this module you will be introduced to research process, notions of filmic representation and how filmic language structures our way of seeing material.
You will be introduced to the basic technical skills of camera operation and sound recording in relation to documentary filmmaking practices and you will develop these skills through interpretative exercises. You will carry out research into a chosen area of subject material. Working collaboratively, you will translate research into a proposal for a short moving image project, and you will make this project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Research and select appropriate information from fieldwork and from a variety of media sources;
LO2: Generate ideas and proposals independently or collaboratively in response to briefs, assignments or self-initiated activity;
LO3: Translate research material into audio-visual structures;
LO4: Use written, oral and visual communication effectively to present ideas, information and project proposals;
LO5: Organise and manage short moving image productions;
LO6: Critically interpret and evaluate creative work.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD07105 Representing the Real