Module title: Exploring

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS11115
Module leader: Zack Moir
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zack Moir
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be supported predominately by small seminar groups to maximise your autonomy and peer support. At the start of the module, the whole cohort will be brought together to discuss ideas and outline the requirements for the module. You will also receive three one-to-one tutorials with your supervisor to more closely examine and support your ideas and processes.
You will propose a project based on your own interests, which you will locate in an appropriate field of research and practice (LO1). With the guidance of a tutor, you will carry out a literature/practice review (LO2) and devise research questions (LO3) appropriate to the project. Your finished project will grow from this process in the most appropriate medium (LO3). Throughout the module, you will be required to communicate your ideas, progress, and findings to peers and tutors who will provide feedback on the project to create an integrated and synthesised process (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
You will submit a learning agreement in week 3, which will outline the scope, parameters, deliverables, and marking criteria of your proposed project (LO1). This document will also communicate the research questions and highlight a range of literature/practice that you expect to draw from (LO2, LO3).
In week 10 (ahead of the final tutorials), you will submit drafts of work to allow for feedback and critique (LO4).

Summative Assessment:
You will submit a single project, the form of which will be negotiated between you and your tutor (LO3). All submissions should include an appraisal of the existing literature/practice in the field of investigation (LO2, LO4) and the location and contribution of your project to this work (LO1, LO4). Although the details of the submission will be negotiated between you and your supervisor(s), as an indicative guideline, assessment will consist of a portfolio of work which will take the form of a 6,000-word paper (e.g. essay or report) or a creative/practice-based output with a supporting written document (equivalent to 6,000 words) which will outline the aims and scope of the project and will critically reflect on methodology and outcomes.

The exact nature of your project (and the size/duration of practice-based outputs) will be negotiated between you and your supervisor(s).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 10
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 187
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 , WORDS= 6000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The purpose of this module is to give you the opportunity to do work on a project that will challenge your current practices and which may involve completely experimental and exploratory methods. The idea is that, by engaging in unfamiliar practices and methods, you will develop different ways of working, encounter the works and practices of others, and this will benefit your development as practitioners, scholars, artists, and researchers.

Activity in this module is primarily student-led, and supported by seminars in which you will engage critically with staff and peers by providing and receiving constructive criticism, feedback, and support. When you have selected an area of research/practice you will be assigned a supervisor, from whom you will receive guidance and support throughout the module in the form of three 1:1 tutorials.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with appropriate fields of research to locate your practice within this network;

LO2: Appraise and evaluate literature and practice (which may include scores, recordings, or other artefacts as well as written sources) of the field to which you are contributing.

LO3: Through the most appropriate medium, create a response to research questions devised through your literature/practice reviews.

LO4: Communicate, using appropriate methods, with a range of participants, groups, and audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Exploring (MA Music)