Core Module Information
Module title: Thinking About

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MUS11116
Module leader: John Hails
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

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

Description of module content:

In this module, you will have the opportunity to develop ways in which you think about, contextualise, and critique your own work in your chosen practice field. You will discuss and critique various ways of thinking about music specific to a range of disciplines and fields in order to frame your understanding of your own practice and its location within the wider field and community of practice.
If you are currently engaged in practice-based research this module will be invaluable for demonstrating the research content of work where this is not immediately apparent from the artefact, but all students, including those adopting more traditional academic practices, will participate in an ongoing questioning and contextualisation of what you are doing and how you are doing it.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Generate original ideas on the basis of research questions and artistic processes;

LO2: Critically assess the significance of your practice within the research field in which you are operating;

LO3: Evaluate your practice through the lens of appropriate theoretical frameworks;

LO4: Analyse and appraise your process of discovery and creation;

LO5: Engage in critical dialogue with other practice and practitioners within the research field in which you are operating.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Zack Moir
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In trimester 2, this module is delivered in fortnightly seminars which are focused on your practice and individual projects. Online resources will extend the support and aims of the module to address specific topics such as the significance of research within a field, what we mean by rigour, etc. and seminars will apply these to the specific fields identified by students (LO2), provide a space for you to explore various theoretical frameworks (LO3), and allow for a rigorous and innovative engagement with existing literature and artefacts (LO5).
A one-to-one tutorial during this trimester will allow you to discuss your specific ideas and research questions (LO1) with your supervisor, and begin to interrogate your creative process in a very direct fashion (LO4).
In trimester 3, you will attend two intensive weeks of supervision, discussion, and workshops which will bring together their individual explorations (LO1,4) with their methodological and field-specific discussions (LO2,3,5). During each of these two intensive weeks (week 4 and week 9), three sessions (morning/afternoon) will be dedicated specifically to this module and include at least one one-to-one tutorial with your supervisor for this project.

Formative Assessment:
In Trimester 2 you will give an informal 15 minute presentation to your tutors and peers in which you will outline your theoretical framework for your research, and explaining the context for the work. In trimester 3 poster/multimedia presentation (details depending on the nature of the project) outlining the theoretical framework(s) that you are employing to examine your practice (LO3) and this will be accompanied by a written document outlining your ideas in terms of significance, originality, and rigour (LO1), and your process of discovery and creation (LO4).

Summative Assessment:
Component 1 (25%):

You will give a 20 minute presentation about the context of your work (LO2,5) following which you will answer questions from tutors and peers.

Component 2 (75%):

An essay of 6000 words evaluating the process of discovery and creation (LO4), and demonstrating how ideas have emerged through your research (LO1). Specific research fields in which you are placing your work and important examples of practice relevant to your work will be identified and the context that they create for your work interrogated (LO2,5). Appropriate theoretical frameworks for the discussion of your research process will also be explored throughout this essay (LO3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 30
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 367
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 75 1,2,3,4,5 43 , WORDS= 6000
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3,4,5 29 HOURS= 00.20
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MUS11116 Thinking About