Module code: MUSM058

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to train students to develop independent research projects and present the results of their research in a professional academic setting. Some of the projects will be developed in groups, while others will be individual ones. Throughout the term there will be opportunities for students to give informally assessed presentations in order to practice their research and presentation skills before being formally assessed. The research projects will be guided by the instructor in a way that encourages students to develop a range of critical, analytical, theoretical, and historical skills and apply them in a variety of musical, social, cultural, and political contexts.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MARK CM Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Module content

•           A selection of texts and issues that will be introduced and discussed as possible topics for study, in discussion with the students.

•           Guidance on selecting topics and determining appropriate methodologies for a range of subjects.

•          Guidance on the effective delivery of research presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

For CW1, an individual presentation of 20 minutes, with accompanying abstract and bibliography (30%)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

The ability to present their research in a setting replicating the professional presentation of research at an academic conference, as a member of a group and as an individual. The presentations will be assessed partly on the quality of the research presented, partly on the effectiveness of the presentation, and in the case of group projects partly on the ability to work as part of a team. While students will be encouraged to develop projects of their choice (in negotiation with a team, in the case of the group projects), their range of choices will be guided in a way that specifies the application of the new critical, analytical, theoretical, and/or historical methodologies discussed in the seminars.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•           A presentation with accompanying abstract and bibliography, given during week 8, of the results of an original group research project of 30 minutes.

•           A presentation with accompanying abstract and bibliography, given at the end of the term, of the results of an original individual research project of 30 minutes.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive individualised feedback in turn for: An informal group presentation (week 5), a formally assessed group presentation (week 8), an informal individual presentation (week 11), a formally assessed individual presentation (end of term). The feedback will consist of a brief written overview of strengths, weaknesses, and areas of suggested improvement. Group or individual tutorials are also available to discuss performance if requested.

Module aims

  • To develop the application of critical, analytical, theoretical, and historical skills in musicology to a series of case studies, allowing for a certain depth of investigation.
  • To develop intellectual awareness of how to select and apply musicological methods.
  • To develop critical understanding of a selected text or work.
  • To develop academic presentation skills .

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop independent research projects and present the results effectively. KCPT
002 Work effectively as part of a research team to develop research projects and present the results effectively. KCPT
003 Give effective public presentations in a professional academic context. PT
004 Apply a range of methodologies to musicological inquiry. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Further develop the students’ abilities to work as musicological researchers at a professional level. In the process, a range of musicological approaches will be discussed and applied, allowing the students to expand the number of critical, analytical, theoretical, and historical tools they are able to use to conduct musicological research. It is also designed to introduce them to a professional collegial environment, in which research is presented to colleagues and often performed as part of a team.

The learning and teaching methods include:

•           Lectures and class discussions on a range of readings (five two-hour sessions over the course of the term).

•           Informally assessed group and individual presentations (one of each).

•           Formally assessed group and individual presentations (one of each).

•           Group or individual tutorials to discuss research topics (to be arranged as needed).

•           Group meetings to plan and discuss research and presentations (to be arranged by the students).

•          Independent study (approximately three weeks per project).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CASE STUDIES A :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.