RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES - 2018/9
Module code: DAN3026
This module equips students with the skills and knowledge required to complete a dissertation within the field of dance studies.
Guildford School of Acting
SORGEL S Dr (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: W590
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
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)
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.
- 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.
|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|
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
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 for RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan3026
Programmes this module appears in
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