Core Module Information
Module title: Final Year Project Research

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

Module code: LMD10101
Module leader: Paul Gray
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

On this module you will have the opportunity, through research and experimentation, to develop a number of approaches to film making, some of which will form the basis of film production projects in trimester two. You will carry out research and experimentation to an advanced level that links the knowledge and skills introduced and developed throughout the Programme, enabling you to carry out film project work in Trimester 2, at an accomplished and sustained level.
You will develop, plan and undertake research that will contribute to the creative realisation of collaborative film project(s), working to a high technical and conceptual level within recognised film-making roles, as defined by current film industry practices. Your findings will be submitted as part of a research dossier, which will contain a test film sequence, a written self reflective assessment, and supporting evidence in the form of a journal, that clearly conveys the nature of the work that you have undertaken, and the research and creative strategies that you have employed. The research dossier will inform either individual or collaborative group film proposal(s) that will be presented during an oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of practice-based research methodologies that are relevant to specific film making departments;
LO2: Competently and appropriately use a range of advanced technical skills and practices that are relevant to film-making;
LO3: Use advanced research skills to extract appropriate information from a range of sources;
LO4: Apply sophisticated ideas and concepts in the realisation of an increasingly individual film-making practice;
LO5: Communicate effectively, and exercise autonomy and initiative in professional and creative activities;

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: Paul Gray
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module enables you to develop a number of strands of your creative practice to an advanced level. This is achieved through negotiating and planning your own research rational, both in writing and verbally, where you will develop concepts, methodologies, techniques and processes that will enable you to progress your work to a successful resolution. You will work both independently and in groups to promote skills of self-reliance and collaborative teamwork.
You will engage with a series of lectures, group seminars and tutorials to assist you in the conception, research and writing of fully realisable short film projects (LO1,2,3,4,5). You will submit a written research and agenda rationale (formative) as the basis for the process of research and experimentation that you wish to progress throughout the trimester. This rationale will initiate a continuing process of discussion and negotiation as to the parameters of your assessable work over the remainder of the trimester (LO 1, 5).
Around Week 10, you are required to make an oral and visual presentation, proposing the project(s) you anticipate continuing with in trimester 2, and outlining the research and experimentation that you have undertaken up to this point in the trimester (LO 1,2,3,4,5). The presentation should ideally include a test scene that has been created collaboratively, within your group, and within your assessable role(s) (LO 1,2,3,4,5). You will be given feedback on your presentation so that the period leading up to the submission of a research dossier (LO 1,2,3,4,5) in Week 13, can be used to respond to the feedback, and further define the outcomes of your research and experimentation. It is important that this process of reflection and refinement of ideas is made apparent in the final dossier.

Formative Assessment:
You will submit a Research Agenda & Rationale (approximately 500 words) in week 3, that will form the basis of a process of research and experimentation that you wish to progress throughout the trimester. The rationale should aim to interest, engage and inform the reader. It is not intended to be prescriptive in terms of the final outcome, but is rather intended as an attempt to define a broad area of experimentation that you are about to engage in. The agenda should describe what it is that you want to explore during the course of the module, and the rationale should state why you are carrying out this research. Your agenda and rationale will not be subject to formal assessment, but will however be referred to throughout the module and when you submit a research report at the end of the trimester. The assessment of the outcome of your work over the trimester will be measured against your intentions.
You should also keep a Journal in the form of an online blog (or in print by arrangement). The journal should collate the research you have undertaken this trimester, as well as the development that the project, and your contribution to the project, has undergone. You should include all notes and feedback from seminars, tutorials, production meetings, etc. You should also show evidence of analysis of the work of relevant practitioners to your assessable roles. The Journal should be used to inform your Research Report and it will be assessed in support of the conclusions you make in your Research Report.

Summative Assessment:
You will undertake one component of assessment during the module, which consists of an oral and visual Film Proposal Presentation (LO 1,2,3,4,5), and a Research Dossier (LO 1,2,3,4,5). These will present and document the research you have undertaken this trimester, and the conclusions that you have made.
Film Proposal Presentation
The oral and visual Film Proposal Presentation can be either individual or collaborative depending on how you have been working. Individual presentations should be 6 minutes long. The length of collaborative presentations may vary depending on the number of students involved. With collaborative presentations, individual members of the group should give an account of their specific role and contribution within the project. Your Film Proposal Presentation constitutes 40% of the assessment for this module and in the case of a collaborative proposal and presentation, students will be subject to individual assessment of their contribution.
Research Dossier
Your Research Dossier should include a Test Shoot, Research Report and a supporting Journal.
For the edited Test Shoot(s) (approximately 3 minutes), you are to work in the craft role that you have chosen to be assessed on. This is an opportunity to not only explore the creative approach to your film-making but also your technical and professional practice. You are expected to follow appropriate workflow practices that will support your professional approach to the final year film shoots in trimester 2.
The Research Report (approximately 1500 words) should analyse and reflect on the effectiveness of your research over the trimester, and its success in fulfilling the intentions of your research agenda and rationale. It should demonstrate how your work has developed, the reasons for certain research or test material, and also what you have learned from carrying out this work.
You will be assessed on your overall ability to study independently, contribute to group work, manage workloads and meet deadlines. Consequently, your attendance and engagement is an important consideration in your overall assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Project Supervision 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Assessment 40 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 60 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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