Core Module Information
Module title: Organising Sound

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS07144
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This is a composition module that focuses on sound as the starting point for creative work and considers strategies, motivations, rationales, and behaviours associated with the organisation of sound. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experiment with, and develop a range of approaches to creating, manipulating, combining, and organising sounds, as a way to begin to make the music they are interested in. Through practical exercises, analytic activities, and group collaborations, you will develop a range of knowledge, skills, and conceptual frameworks, to help you understand your work and the work of others in a range of artistic contexts. In fortnightly lecture-workshops and tutorials, you will be encouraged to consider a range of music and artistic applications for your compositional work. Through listening, analysis, experimentation, and group discussion, you will gain experience in and knowledge of a range of topics including sampling and sound design, theoretical ideas pertaining to melody, harmony and rhythm, songwriting and production, and music analysis.

The delivery/experience of the module will largely be practice-based and driven by an ethos of exploration; you will be expected to write/produce music regularly and share it with peers. This will be used as a basis for group discussion, peer-feedback sessions, and formative feedback from staff.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of principles governing the organisation of sound.
LO2: Employ knowledge and skills enabling you to explore theoretical concepts through compositional practice and analysis.
LO3: Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural and aesthetic context of your work.
LO4: Communicate compositional ideas using appropriate methods.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zack Moir
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will actively engage with fortnightly lectures and tutorials which will be delivered by a team of specialist staff who will facilitate exercises, chair discussions, and introduce key concepts (LO 1, 2, 3, and 4). You will engage practically with practical and analytic/theoretical work through individual and small group study, with activities contributing to the realisation of formative and summative assessments. (LO 1, 2, 3, and 4). You will actively engage with materials and activities through Moodle, including discussion forums, peer review, reading/listening/viewing, and compositional/theoretical exercises (L.O.s 1 and 4).

Formative Assessment:
This module has an ethos of continual discussion and critique which manifests in regular feed-forward from peers and staff. There is one formative assessment point (week 14/15 of trimester 1), which is intended to be an opportunity to submit work and stimulate discussion and feedback that will contribute to and inform the realisation of your summative assessment. You will submit a draft (approximately 3 minutes long) of the composition you are working on, accompanied by 500-word rationale document which will critically reflect on your compositional processes. You will also engage in mandatory peer review at this stage.

Summative Assessment:
There is one summative assessment for this module, which will be submitted in week 14 of trimester 2, followed by mandatory self-evaluation in week 15 of each trimester. The summative assessment takes the form of a 4-minute composition that demonstrably employs concepts covered in class and through further independent investigation. The music will be accompanied by a critical rationale (1000 words) which reflects on the ideas, processes, technical elements, and presentation of the recorded work. The skills developed and demonstrated through these assessments contribute to your realisation of LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Face To Face Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4 29 HOURS= 00.04, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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