Core Module Information
Module title: Film Genres

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD08115
Module leader: Zoe Irvine
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

You will undertake research into specified fiction film genres and apply this research to short film exercises, including screenwriting and short practical film projects.
You will make creative and critical choices of how to make these exercises adhere to specific definitions of genre, while engaging with narrative structure and other modes of filmic expression.
Working collaboratively, you will build on your understanding of the importance of recognised film roles and you will build on your professional and film production skills.
Through the development and creation of a film soundtrack, you will develop skills in the creative manipulation, editing and mixing of sound.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
LO1: Identify the basic rules of script structure, character generation and dialogue composition within a short screenplay;
LO2: Present a consistent and dynamic stylistic interpretation of a dramatic scene in relation to film genre;
LO3: Comprehend the relationship between sound design and image, and how sound design contributes to the dramatic impact of the film;
LO4: Examine and develop an insight into their own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions while addressing solutions to the formal, intellectual and technical problems that have arisen through constructing moving image narrative;
LO5: Describe and review each stage of their filmmaking, both during and after the process.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zoe Irvine
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Lectures, seminars and tutorials explore and encourage debate around narrative forms within fiction film making, and specifically in relation to film genre (LO1,LO4,LO5). Technical demonstrations advance student skills in digital video camera operation, lighting and sound design (LO2,LO4,LO5). Screen writing skills and pre-production preparations are supported by individual tutorials and seminars (LO1,LO2). The post production process is supported by rough cut screenings (LO2,LO4,LO5).
You will individually adapt a short screenplay within a specified genre (LO1,LO5), You will then present your idea to the class, following which, some scripts will form the basis of short 5 minute film projects. The aim of the genre exercise is to confront you with the challenges of defining genre in relation to film style and meaning, narrative construction, production design, performance and mise-en-scène, and you will consider these concepts when working collaboratively through the pre-production, production and post production processes of the film projects (LO1,LO2,LO4,LO5).
You will undertake a second collaborative project that is concerned with sound design (LO3).
Group critiques of the practical work offers further opportunity for you to reflect on your creativity and contribution to collaborative processes.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
This module encourages you to study independently, effectively manage your workloads and to meet deadlines. You will also work collaboratively by completing a number of projects in groups and the module provides you with the opportunity to develop your creativity (collectively and individually) around specific themes and within the requirements specified by a brief. You will further develop your basic study and communication skills, specialist technical skills, self reflection, critical analysis and evaluation of your performance and achievements.

Formative Assessment:
- this refers to 'in process evaluations' and input you will receive whilst working on your assignments.
- Discussing your work in seminars and tutorials and receiving immediate feedback and review from both your peers and staff.
- Sharing your reflections, research and evidencing your development through a a learning journal (blog). This journal should demonstrate the research you undertake, as well as the development of the project(s) and your contribution to project(s). The Journal will be used in seminars and tutorials, to discuss with your tutors, your current knowledge and skills so that these can be developed and demonstrated in subsequent summative assessments.
- Technical workshops also constitute part of your formative assessment, supporting your practical projects through the technical learning you gain.
- Presenting your project work in crits provides another opportunity for you to reflect on your own learning, creativity and contribution and to receive feedback on it from peers and staff.
You will receive feedback about your work and progress in the context of Formative Assessment.

Summative Assessment:
This is about the work submitted at the end of the projects and module. In this module you undertake three Elements of assessment. The summative assessment is carried out measuring your achievements against the Learning Outcomes of the module.
Element one consists of the development and completion of a short film screenplay (LOs 1,4). Element two is the completion of a short film production on which you will work collaboratively (LOs 2,4,5). Element three (LOs 3,5) is a short sound project that builds upon your understanding of the main theories, concepts and principles involved in sound design.
You will also be assessed on your overall ability to study independently, contribute to group work, manage workloads and meet deadlines. Consequently, your attendance and engagement is an important consideration in your overall assessment (LO4).
Your Summative Assessment is the grade you receive for the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 44
Independent Learning Project Supervision 69
Independent Learning Guided independent study 69
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 30 3,5 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 50 2,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD08115 Film Genres