Module code: DAN3033

Module Overview

This module requires students to research and complete an independent research project within the field of dance studies. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W500

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

In conjunction with the Research Methodologies module, this module is tutorial-led and directs students to the completion of a Dissertation. The choice of Dissertation topic may arise from a specific dance interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience at Levels 4-6 or from professional training at Level P. The topic should have appropriate content and parameters and should be designed to demonstrate the student’s analytical, critical and evaluative skills. It is possible for the Dissertation to be part practical in nature. If this is the case, the written part of the Dissertation will be shorter and may be of a different nature. In this instance, the relative weighting of written and practical work will be negotiated between tutor and student. In all cases, however, the written component must constitute at least 50% of the Dissertation, i.e. 6,000 words or equivalent, and will count for at least half of the marks. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION (12000 WORDS WRITTEN OR 6000 WORDS WRITTEN IF PART-PRACTICAL) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • In-depth knowledge of a research topic in an area of specific dance interest.

  • Thorough understanding and application of relevant theories and methodologies

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Dissertation (12000 words or equivalent) (100%): independent research project on a topic in dance studies (Week 12)

Assessment Deadline:

Week 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Tutorials provide formative assessment and feedback. 

Module aims

  • Research and present an extended piece of work on a dance-specific topic, in consultation with a supervisor.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate thorough understanding and application of relevant theories and methodologies an in-depth knowledge of a research topic in an area of specific dance interest KCPT
002 Identify, articulate and present (in written, visual and/or performance modes) a dance-specific topic within clearly-defined parameters KCPT
003 To construct, sustain and debate complex arguments and to critique contradictory information to evaluate findings and support conclusions and/or recommendations CPT
004 Locate and use appropriate primary and secondary sources, direct and manage own learning with minimum guidance KCPT
005 Work independently on drafts of work and to write up a final version in the required format CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 300

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • foster students independent learning and research

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 8 hours tutor-led supervision and feedback (Week 1-11) 

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 DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan3033

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 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.