Core Module Information
Module title: Television Studies (COG)

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

Module code: LMD09138
Module leader: Alistair Scott
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

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

Description of module content:

On this module you will consolidate your knowledge of the ways in which television is studied within the contexts of academic research. You will learn about the range of different frameworks within which researchers investigate media production including: historical and institutional surveys; the assessment of cultural impact; policy questions; audience effects including gender differences; an examination of issues of representation and the media; economic development; and the on-going impact of innovation and new technologies. You will identify a potential topic suitable for detailed research and present a short seminar paper on this topic. You will be introduced to the academic literature in this field and will write a short literature review. You will learn about the different types of methodologies which are appropriate to researching the media including qualitative and quantitative approaches. A number of case studies of relevant research questions will be studied to reflect a range of approaches including ethnographic studies; gathering data through interview, questionnaires and focus groups; and other methods of evaluating research data. Based upon your literature review you will research a
question (as agreed with the Module Leader) and write an essay on this subject.

Learning Outcomes for module:

.Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the range of approaches to television studies and identify and assess the importance of different research methodologies for different areas of study.
LO2: Investigate a potential research topic, survey the existing literature relevant to the topic and give a short presentation outlining why this is a suitable area for further research.
LO3: Contribute to seminar discussions about a range of research questions and demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate themes and topics in television studies.
LO4: Produce an essay that investigates a relevant research question and demonstrates a clear understanding of the subject area and present a well-argued analysis of the topic.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CITYGLASGOW
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alistair Scott
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Through a series of lectures, seminars delivered to the whole class you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of key concepts in television studies (Los 1,2,3). There will be one-to-one tutorial support to help you to select an appropriate research topic and, after group tutorial support, you will prepare a short seminar presentation in which you introduce a potential research question and argue the case for investigating this topic (Los 1,2,3). You will research, write and present short this oral presentation (LOs 1,2,3). Each presentation will include a brief overview of the relevant academic literature. You will contribute to discussion and debate around a wide range of research topics. You will agree a suitable essay question with the module leader and research and write an essay which will develop your knowledge, understanding and analytical skills to investigate a detailed examination of an area of television studies (Los 1,2,3,4). All students will be expected to contribute to seminar and to VLE discussions with their fellow students (LOs 1,2,3). Research, writing and analytical skills will be developed through the written work, including the essay (LOs1,2,3,4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
You will develop your research, writing and presentation skills. You will develop a range of communication skills linked to professional practice in the creative media and academic communities. You will develop your understanding of the impact of broadcasting to the wider society. In these ways you will learn core skills required for securing a job in various media and related professions. You will develop you research and analytical skills and your ability to present a case clearly and effectively.

Research underpins most of the teaching activities in the School. The staff who teach this module have particular research interests which are relevant to the course content and these will be linked to the learning experience. When appropriate visiting speakers and other members of staff will be introduced to the class to outline their areas of specialist knowledge. All staff are encouraged to be research active and to link their individual research to their teaching.

Support equality and diversity
Lecture notes and additional material will be available via the VLE which will enable part-time, distance or learners with special needs to access the module. A list of relevant on-line resources is provided.

Television studies reflects the dynamic, and constantly changing global media industry. This module attracts a cohort including exchange students which allows the introduction of the study of a wide range of issues regarding UK, USA, and overseas broadcast programming and ensures that the module delivers a diverse international perspective.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assignments will include participating in observed group discussions in weeks 2 and 3 (Los 1,2,3). There is individual feedback through a tutorial to support you to find a research topic which is of interest and is relevant to Television Studies. The approach to learning and teaching in this module provides extensive opportunities for formative assessment and feedback in class from the Module leader and in short individual and group tutorials. In week 4 there is an opportunity for a group presentation as a practice for the first summative assessment. Feedback is given in advance of the summative Oral Presentation. One-to-one tutorials provide you with an opportunity for feedback on your Literature Review Report and support you in the work on your Essay (Los 1,2,3,4).

Summative Assessment:
You will undertake two components of summative assessment. The first component has two Assessments each weighted at 25%. In either week 5, 6 or 7 you will give an Oral Presentation of approximately 10 mins including a paper (approximately 500 words) followed by seminar discussion (Los 1,2,3). The second Assessment in Component 1 is a Literature Review Report (approximately 1000 words) weighted 25%, due in Week 8, which will demonstrate your research of the academic writing and debates relevant to your research topic. The feedback for these two Assessments will provide you with support in preparation for the final piece of summative assessment. Component 2 consists of an individual Essay (approximately 2000 words) due in week 13 in which you present a well-structured piece of academic writing which investigates a topic relevant to Television Studies (Los 1,2,3,4). The assessment criteria is clearly set out in the Module Guide and will be introduced in class with feedback in individual tutorials.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 15
Face To Face Seminar 29
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Face To Face Tutorial 1
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3 5-7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 25 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 50 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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