Module title: Advanced Documentary Practice

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

Module code: LMD09125
Module leader: Sana Bilgrami
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

2018/9, Trimester 1, 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 allows you to develop your technical skills and production techniques for documentary, as well as enhance your critical understanding and creative thinking about documentary modes of representation (L.O. 1, 2, 3, 4). You will acquire a greater understanding of key documentary concepts through a series of lectures, screenings and workshops. A series of short exercises provide intensive training in documentary conceptualisation, camerawork, sound recording and editing.
There is an emphasis in the module on student-centred learning through self-motivated research and practice. You will be expected to take your own initiative in exploring documentary theory and practice, and to develop your own creative approaches to documentary filmmaking. Evidence of this research will be collated in a research journal that will communicate the development of your work and your understanding of documentary practice.

Embedding of Employability / PDP / Scholarship Skills
You will be encouraged to interpret the concept of documentary representation in very broad ways and to continually rethink and rework your own creative approaches to documentary. This emphasis on lateral thinking and imaginative interpretation of a brief will endow you with creative skills that are applicable to a wide range of work within the media industries.

Assessment (Formative and Summative)
You will undertake three elements of assessment during the module. Your own research into documentary theory and practice, along with your reflections on your own practice, will be assessed both in a research journal (LOs 1,2,3) and in a critical essay (LOs 1,2,3).
You will be assessed on your creative approaches to and successful completion of an individual documentary project, as well as your participation in the production of other documentary film projects (LOs 1,2,3,4).
You will be assessed on your overall ability to study independen

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 45 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 35 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 20 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 45
Component 2 subtotal: 55
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will develop your techniques of documentary research and observation, storytelling, creative visualisation and structure. You will advance your documentary camera and sound skills, and interview techniques, through workshops and short projects. You will develop an understanding of the different modes of documentary production, and explore a range of cinematic approaches to documenting and interrogating ‘reality’ through screenings and lectures.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major arguments and debates with respect to ideas of ‘truth’ and the representation of ‘facts’ in the documentary form;
LO2: Identify and analyse different modes of documentary;
LO3: Critically reflect on the process of researching and developing concepts for documentary, and the necessary connection between subject and form;
LO4: Identify and demonstrate key technical skills and techniques involved in documentary production.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD09125 Advanced Documentary Practice