Core Module Information
Module title: Music Research Project

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

Module code: MUS10139
Module leader: Katrina Burton
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

The module content, insofar as it is negotiated between a supervisor and an individual student, will reflect the interests of the latter and the expertise of the former. Research-active staff have much to offer in terms of a wide variety of specialisms, and staff engaged in scholarship activities and vocational work will offer different possibilities to you. The module is intensively student-centred, with guidance provided by the supervisor. You will engage in (and be guided in) research methods and resources, standard referencing practice and textual/musical critique to a high standard.

Once you have decided upon an area of research you will be assigned a supervisor, from whom you will receive eight hours of contact time over the course of the module. In addition to this two lectures will be provided to all students on research techniques and how to structure and write up the final project. A further two workshop sessions will allow students to share their research ideas with the class. While these sessions will initially be teacher led they will invite the opportunity for peer feedback and reflection, encouraging students to critique and assess their own research and that of their peers.

Summative assessment will consist of a portfolio of work which will take the form of a 6,000 word paper or a creative output with a supporting written document (equivalent to 6,000 words) which will outline the scope of the project, the research aims and methodology. The exact nature of the project (and the size/duration of the creative and written outputs) will be negotiated between the student and their supervisor.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: deploy critical awareness and reflection in response to texts and other sources considered relevant to the chosen topic
LO2: appraise the views of scholars on particular topics, and to make effective use of these views in formulating original insights
LO3: manage a relatively substantial piece of work, and to integrate arguments in a persuasive, coherent manner
LO4: critically reflect on your research aims and outcomes and how they relate to current standards within a given professional or academic field.

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: Katrina Burton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning in this module is student-centred and student-led. A supervisor will guide the student through the initial research process, and discuss the planning of the project with the student at every stage. The supervisor will also discuss the substance of the chosen topic with the student, so that the latter may be encouraged to formulate responses to texts and subject matter from the outset (LO 1,2,4). Regular supervisory meetings will be an opportunity for the student to present current research and ideas to the tutor.

Two lectures given to all students who take this module will address referencing practice and research methods, as well as give guidance to students in the management and organization of the project itself (LO 3) and the creation of a learning contract. Workshop sessions will enable students to share their research ideas with the class; creating the opportunity for peer feedback and reflection. This will be consolidated by the tutor as the student begins to produce drafts in the planning stages. One-to-one tutorials will also guide the student through the process of preparing the final project.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assignments will involve the student producing drafts and various pieces of the work during the course of the module. Regular feedback will be given by the tutor.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will consist of a portfolio of work, equivalent to 6,000 words (LO 1,2,3,4). This will take the form of a creative research project, with supporting written document, or a written research document of 6,000 words (LO 1,2,3,4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Lecture 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
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 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 6000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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