Core Module Information
Module title: TV Development

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

Module code: LMD09155
Module leader: Alistair Scott
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

On this module you will look at the constantly changing TV marketplace, the genres, choices and agendas that influence non scripted programme commissioning and production in the UK and internationally. You will examine the roles of researcher and development producer and how their tasks change during production. You will explore how to develop an idea and produce the relevant paperwork: briefs and treatments. You will be introduced to a range of research techniques and to a wide range of research sources. You will develop skills in information collection and demonstrate understanding of the building-blocks needed for non scripted productions including finding and selecting contributors, location scouting, archive research and compliance.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate & develop ideas for multi genre programme content for TV.
LO2: Formulate a treatment suitable for commissioning processes in non scripted TV genres.
LO3: Apply knowledge gained to demonstrate an understanding of TV research and development processes.
LO4: Demonstrate an awareness of the relevant legal requirements, ethical considerations and copyright issues involved in TV productions
LO5: Critically reflect on the changing TV marketplace and the range of platforms, outputs and approaches to content delivery and distribution.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Alistair Scott
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly three-hour lectures and workshops will generate a greater understanding of the issues involved in researching different genres of TV programmes (LOs 1,2). Visual presentations will lead onto class discussions, small group exercises and individual projects, with added input from appropriate industry guest speakers (LOs 4,5). Tutorials will enable you to understand how to research both for development and production (LOs 1,2,3,4). Tutorials will also encourage you to analyse and critically reflect on the ways the current marketplace is changing (LO5). You will also generate ideas and present work to a professional standard (LOs 1, 2, 3). You will be supported and encouraged to become reflective practitioners with a deep understanding of the requirements of a TV researcher in today’s media landscape.

Emphasis will be in production ideas and on developing these into fully researched production documents to be delivered to industry standard.

International programming, restrictions and response to different genres, ensures that the module delivers a diverse and international perspective.

Formative Assessment:
You will work collectively during class and engage in group activities that will be assessed formatively across the module. These will sit across the development of the factual programme ideas and include mock pitching sessions to the class as well as one to one and group tutorials at which you will receive feedback. These will feed into summative assessments and are intended to give you the confidence to present and develop your factual programme ideas.

Summative Assessment:
1. Oral Presentation Assessment (30%) will require you to pitch 2 programme proposals in a ten minute slot, thus demonstrating that you have engaged fully in finding ideas for different genre (LO 1,2,3).
2. Portfolio Treatment File(40%) The written assessment will ask you to develop one of the ideas into a full treatment. This will comprise an outline of the proposed programme, with all legal documents, health and safety assessment, technical requirements and budgeting (approximately 1 page each). The treatment will also include a two-page programme outline, one to two pages on presenters/interviewees and a two-four page breakdown of how the programme will be realised; including research, shooting style and script outline (LOs 1,2,3,4,5).
3. Reflective Logbook (30%) will record your progress on the module and demonstrate how you have engaged with current working practices in the unfolding media landscape (LOs 3,4,5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 24
Face To Face Lecture 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3 7 HOURS= 00.10, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4,5 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Learning Log 30 3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD09155 TV Development