Module title: Research and Development

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

Module code: SCA11137
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 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Louise Milne
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module consists of a series of lectures, screenings, seminars and tutorials to help you generate ideas for and select the subject of your thesis (LO 2,3); critically assesss how it relates to your ongoing development as a practitioner; research the subject in depth; and produce a detailed thesis plan (LO 1,3,4). You will discuss, defend and review your findings verbally and in writing at key points over the trimester (LO 5,6).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills

Emphasis is placed on building well-developed skills to support your individual development as a film maker in your chosen discipline. In common with all students on the Kino Eyes European Movie Masters, you will have completed a Personal Development Plan, based on personal critical research into current and emerging professional-level practices in your specialism, in your first semester on the programme. This will outline your professional, creative and critical goals for the programme and beyond. You will review this plan as part of your learning logs and critical studies throughout the two year programme. Employability skills developed: Autonomous and team working, working to deadlines, setting objectives, creativity, communicating, organising and planning, critical evaluation and reflective skills.

This programme is part of a suite of complementary programmes running within Screen Academy Scotland. Students from all programmes are involved in common masterclasses and professional practice events. Cross-programme collaboration is also encouraged.
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 the Screen Academy continue to develop and work on live projects and professional practice based research assignments, which will inform their approach to the teaching of the module.

Supporting equality and diversity

The broad cultural scope of the module is designed to allow students from varying national and demographic backgrounds to develop their own unique voices. The philosophy of the programme in which the module is offered is that film is a universal cultural medium. Students will be encouraged to create work that responds to their diverse national traditions and sensibilities and in their own milieu and language. The cross fertilisation that results from this rich mix of nationalities collaborating together will create project work and a student experience that is highly original and international in its character.


Formative Assessment:
By studying and writing about key films, themes, contexts and literature, you will develop a subject for your thesis and compile a dossier comprising abstract, detailed thesis plan, literature review, annotated bibliography and filmography (LO 1-4). This will be around 3000 words, supplemented by appendices with pertinent research materials. You will defend your idea and central argument in a presentation and present an interim outline of around 1500 words mid-way through the trimester (5,6). Formative feedback will be provided in these sessions and at regular tutorials at which ideas and drafts are subjected to robust testing at various stages of development.

Summative Assessment:
By studying and writing about key films, themes, contexts and literature, you will develop a subject for your thesis and compile a dossier comprising abstract, detailed thesis plan, literature review, annotated bibliography and filmography (LO 1-4). This will be around 3000 words, supplemented by appendices with pertinent research materials. You will defend your idea and central argument in a presentation and present an interim outline of around 1500 words mid-way through the trimester (5,6). Formative feedback will be provided in these sessions and at regular tutorials at which ideas and drafts are subjected to robust testing at various stages of development.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Seminar 6
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 5-6 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 70 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Through lectures, participatory screenings, seminars, individual tutorials and independent study, you will challenge and build on your pre-existing expertise in the research methodologies needed to prepare for your individual thesis. You will read and discuss relevant literature on world cinema, its themes, styles, history and theory, in a series of classes designed to help you arrive at a subject for your thesis. You will critically explore how research skills can articulate your own aesthetic as a film-maker. Topics covered will include: film theory, genre, gender, narrative structure, visual style, and expanded cinema.

You will participate in structured screenings, debate your ongoing work in seminars and tutorials, and produce a comprehensive research plan for the thesis, comprising: abstract, detailed outline, literature review, annotated bibliography and filmography.

You will participate in structured screenings, debate your ongoing work in seminars and tutorials, and produce a comprehensive research plan for the thesis, comprising: abstract, detailed outline, literature review, annotated bibliography and filmography.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Analyse films and texts on cinema critically, verbally and in writing.
LO2: Critically explore key themes, contexts and topics in classic and contemporary cinema.
LO3: Appraise relevant scholarly and critical texts and methodologies to develop and shape an argument.
LO4: Plan a substantial piece of written work using thorough research to express and explain an argument.
LO5: Engage in critical dialogue with your peers about your ongoing research topics.
LO6: Evaluate your developing argument verbally and in writing at each stage of the research

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