Module code: DAN3026

Module Overview

This module equips students with the skills and knowledge required to complete a dissertation within the field of dance studies.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W590

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Research: What is the Purpose of a Dissertation?

  • Aspects of Dance Analysis: Research and Bibliography

  • Fieldwork & Ethnography: Participant Observation and Interviews

  • Academic Integrity and Ethics

  • Practice and Research – Pedagogy

  • Practice and Research – Choreography

  • Refining Your Research Proposal: Towards Hypothesis & Argument

  • Dissertation Structure and Plan: How to work in a Study Group

  • Academic Writing and Referencing

  • Presentation Skills and Feedback

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • Independent research skills

  • Understanding of relevant theoretical key concepts and methodologies

  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant bibliographic references

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Dissertation Proposal & Annotated Bibliography (50%): outline of dissertation project including critical source commentary (Week 6)

  • Dissertation Structure/Plan (50%): dissertation plan providing draft chapter breakdown of the dissertation, suggested hypothesis and argument as well as outline bibliography (Week 12)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 6 & 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive formative feedback on in-class proposal presentations and discussion as well as their proposal and annotated bibliography from the module convener and dissertation tutor.

Module aims

  • To equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills to enable them to engage in independent research on a dance-specific topic.
  • To support students in the early stages of preparing a Dissertation through research skills training activities, self-directed research tasks and one-to-one tutorials.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Knowledge of a range of dance disciplines and methodologies KC
2 Informed awareness of how to design a self-determined project and to conduct appropriate research and writing KCPT
3 Ability to identify, analyse and critique a variety of appropriate sources with minimum guidance KCPT
4 Ability to select and design a research project in an area of specific dance interest and, in particular, to determine a clear rationale, appropriate parameters, methodology and structure KCPT
5 Ability to locate and organise a wide range of research materials KCPT
6 Ability to take responsiblity for managing time and learning autonomously KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Help students identify appropriate study areas and delineation of these in determining a research topic.

  • Support the selection and design of appropriate research questions and methodologies

  • Introduce data-gathering tools, eg. bibliographic searches; questionnaires; interviews; participant observation.

  • Lead students towards designing a Proposal and a Structural Outline for the intended Dissertation project

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 2 hour lecture/seminar x 11 weeks:

    • Independent Study & Study Groups

    • Library Sessions

    • SPLASH writing skills

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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2018/9 academic year.