Module title: Documentary Film

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

Module code: LMD08120
Module leader: Sana Bilgrami
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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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
The module has three main elements that allow for the acquisition of both research and technical skills within the context of a critical examination of different modes of documentary film (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Lectures, screenings and discussions enable you to develop historical, critical and theoretical knowledge of documentary film production. Technical workshops (LO 5) and exercises impart skills in documentary camerawork and sound recording. A collaborative moving image project based on substantial research and fieldwork, allows you to apply these skills using an appropriate mode of documentary representation. Group tutorials (LO 1,2,3,4,5) assist in the research process and the development of these projects.

Embedding of Employability / PDP / Scholarship Skills
An understanding of the different forms that documentary can take within industrial and independent production will make you aware of potential career opportunities. 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 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 study and communication skills, specialist technical skills, self refection, critical analysis and evaluation of your performance and achievements.

Assessment (Formative and Summative)
You will undertake four assessments during the module. You will be individually assessed on a synopsis and treatment (LO4), a critical essay (LOs 1, 2) and a research journal (LOs 3, 4).
Your group will be assessed on the completion of a documentary film (LOs 1,2,3,4,5), but you will also be assessed on your individual ability to study independently, contribute to group work, manage workloads and meet de

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 15
Face To Face Tutorial 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 15 4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 850
Essay 20 1,2 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Essay 25 3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Project - Practical 40 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will develop skills in documentary camerawork, sound recording and editing. You will work in a group and engage in substantial research and fieldwork that culminates in the production of a short documentary film. You will examine the relationship between funding institutions, technical innovation and the dominant forms of documentary within the film and television industries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
LO1: Develop insight into the critical debates surrounding documentary film;
LO2: Consider work in the context of critical debates;
LO3: Extend research skills to extract, synthesise and record appropriate information from a wide range of sources;
LO4: Translate research into ideas for a structured documentary narrative that utilises an appropriate mode of representation;
LO5: Perform collaboratively in documentary direction, production, camera-work, sound recording and editing.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD08120 Documentary film