Module title: Critical Film Study

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

Module code: SCA11123
Module leader: Louise Milne
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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2018/9, 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: Louise Milne
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Lectures will introduce you to advanced research techniques (LO 1,2,3). Seminars discussions will enable you to rehearse and refine your arguments in peer groups (LO 5,6). Tutorials will assist with the fine tuning of your findings, and encourage reflection on your own practice (LO 1-6)

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
You will develop your ability to read and write critically and analytically, and to articulate creative ideas and viewpoints orally and in written form. In common with all students at the Screen Academy, you will complete a Personal Development Plan. You will revisit this plan as part of your workbook journals and critical studies throughout the year. Employability skills developed: Team working, working to deadlines, setting objectives, creativity, communicating, organising and planning, critical evaluation and reflective skills.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Success in the film industry is dependent on practitioners being able to express themselves clearly in presentational and written forms. Hence, this module is assessed summatively in two parts: an hour long presentation (in weeks 7-10), including clips and questions, which will enable significant formative feedback from tutors and peers (LO 1-6); and a 5,000 word essay in week 13 (LO 1-4, 6). Informal formative feedback will also be provided during seminars and tutorials. Your presentation date will be negotiated with your tutor at the start of the module but will take place between weeks 7 and 10.

Research/ teaching linkages
Staff and visiting lecturers throughout this programme are selected for their substantial industry experience, and this forms the basis for much of their teaching. Additionally, staff within Screen Academy continue to develop and work on live projects and professional practice based assignments with strong theoretical underpinning, which will inform their approach to

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Project Supervision 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1-6 7-10 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Essay 75 1-4, 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will help you explore some of the many possible areas you may wish to study. Depending
on your specialism, this may include performance, script, production, cinematography, production design, editing, sound, composition, or special effects. Over the course of the module you will learn how to develop your research skills and a range of research tools which will underpin and enhance your cinematographic practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically reflect on appropriate research methods for a research topic
LO2: Plan a viable research programme
LO3: Critically analyse film texts in the context of your own creative practice
LO4: Appraise the impact of your findings on your own developing creative practice
LO5: Defend the conclusions of your analysis with peers and potential collaborators
LO6: Produce clearly defined, rigorous, and detailed arguments in written and presentational form.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11123 Critical Film Study