Module title: Dissertation

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: LMD10100
Module leader: C. Paul Sellors
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

Module code - LMD09105
Module title - Advanced Topics in Photography and Film 2

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: C. Paul Sellors
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs

This module uses a combination of occasional class lectures, occasional group tutorials, and fortnightly individual tutorials to ensure you (1) are fully aware of the requirements and obligations of a dissertation-length research project, (2) contribute with your peers to a research community, and (3) progress satisfactorily with your individual research projects. You may also attend your supervisor’s scheduled office hours should you wish further guidance between your scheduled individual tutorials. These additional meetings will be brief and should address a specific issue in your research. They are a supplement to your scheduled individual tutorials and do not replace them. Independent learning constitutes the major component of your activity. Your supervisor’s expertise and experience in research will help you to conceive and develop your research project in as much depth and as efficiently as possible. Moreover, the combination of independent research and individual tutorials will help you to develop project management skills and improve your independent and critical capacities. The module will utilise the VLE to support a research culture and further foster project management skills. All learning outcomes (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) will be incorporated into lectures, group work, tutorials, independent study, and the assessment. The extensive time allotted to independent study will provide you with an ideal environment to develop time and project management skills (LO 5) experientially.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills

Your dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to explore in detail a subject of your choice, with the approval of your supervisor, in any area of film. The detailed knowledge and understandings of aspects of the practice, history, and theory of film you will develop will provide you with specialist knowledge of film and better prepare you for your car

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 Tutorial 8
Face To Face Lecture 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 386
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 90 1, 2, 3, 4,6 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Practical Skills Assessment 10 2,3,4,5 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will write a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. Your choice of topic must be approved by the module leader and your supervisor, and should normally be from the general subject areas of photography and film. The dissertation must be the result of independent, critical investigation by you and show evidence of relevant research methods and detailed knowledge of established literature and other resources in your chosen area of study. You will be expected to undertake research through appropriate resources, such as libraries, archives, films, videos, photographs, surveys or questionnaires, and interviews.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop extensive knowledge of a specialist area of investigation
LO2: Develop analytical and research skills that encourage and expand independent enquiry
LO3: Accurately assess and critically reflect on complex and professional-level problems and issues
LO4: Make effective use of academic research methodologies, techniques and methods appropriate to an in-depth research project
LO5: Manage research and writing schedules
LO6: Compose a dissertation that establishes and demonstrates the problematics, research, methodologies, analysis and conclusions of a substantial research project.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Dissertation