Core Module Information
Module title: Composition, Signs, and Meanings

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08156
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module introduces you to a range of ways in which music has been, and can be, used to construct and convey meanings. You will be guided in explorations of the connotations of sounds, and other cultural/experiential signifiers, and will develop an understanding of the ways in which you can use the findings of your analyses to develop your own approach to composition in a variety of contexts. This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of practical and analytic approaches to experiment with the ways in which you can engage listeners and manipulate some aspects of their aesthetic/emotional experience of your music. Through practical exercises, analytic activities, and group collaborations, you will develop a range of knowledge, skills, and conceptual frameworks, to help you to understand your work and how you might effectively communicate your personal artistic intentions. In fortnightly lecture-workshops and tutorials you will be encouraged, (through listening, analysis, experimentation, and group discussion) to consider a range of music analytically, to create music frequently, to provide critique on the work of your peers, and to receive and reflect/act on critique of your own work.
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: Utilise a range of techniques and strategies to analyse signs and signifiers in various musics (including your own).

LO2: Examine and exemplify ways in which meaning can be expressed through, or gleaned from, music.

LO3: Critically reflect on the use of signs and signifiers in a range of compositions.

LO4: Communicate your artistic intentions and your rationale for compositional decisions with audiences and peers.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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:

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
Online Guided independent study 24
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.06
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,4 29 HOURS= 00.03, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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