DISSERTATION B - 2018/9

Module code: DMA3015

Module Overview

This module provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate the academic ideas, learning and study skills you have acquired during your degree. You will achieve this by researching and writing a short version digital media arts dissertation that is self-initiated, self-managed and supported by your assigned supervisor. This dissertation will be an opportunity to select and explore in depth an area of interest to you within the wider interest defined by your degree. It will build on the work undertaken in the research methods module studied in the first semester of your final year.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

STEWART G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: P300

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Introductory sessions on independent and continuing learning
Staff and student-led critical debates
Research skills, time management and the collation of existing skillsets.
Seminars in which students explore their own ideas within a group context
Individual tutorials.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION (4000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Digital Arts Media drawn from the preceding three years of their studies, and to apply it to an individual piece of written work of their own devising. In this respect the assessment is also intended to allow them to learn about knowledge management and design on an individual level through self -organisation and research practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Examination by Coursework: Dissertation 100% (4000 words, due Semester 2, week 12)


Formative assessment and feedback

The proposal submitted for the research methods module will serve as an opportunity initial formative feedback for this module. This formative feedback will then be followed by other formative feedback during tutorials to assess progress and discuss any issues that arise. 

Module aims

  • • Provide students with a critical individual piece of work that showcases their academic abilities
  • • Allow students to move beyond a prescribed course of study in order to present their own ideas in academic manner.
  • • Enable students to pursue elements of their academic career which may have been of specific interest to them, or alternatively to develop one of the aspects they have already studied in greater depth
  • • Consolidate the student’s knowledge of digital media and its critical theoretical significance, as appropriate to a student at this level
  • • Present this work in a dissertation that is analytical, critical and theoretically-informed

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to evaluate their ideas, methods, research and findings in a short-form academic dissertation C
002 Analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgments, and articulate reasoned arguments through analysis, reflection, review and evaluation C
003 Comprehend the implications and challenges for society presented by the key developments in current and emerging digital media technologies K
004 Demonstrate skills in communication and expression through appropriate media forms P
005 Use the views of others in the development or enhancement of their work P
006 Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 132

Seminar Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 14

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop their own critical reasoning and skills within a supported environment, and to build upon aspects of Digital Media Arts already taught.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Seminars x 1 hour seminar x 4 weeks
Tutorials x 14 (mandatory) per student – approx 30 mins per week, including discussion of the progress of the work and the final dissertation.


Preliminary seminars and lectures will prepare students for the disssertation. In subsequent weeks, students will present their progress in their tutorials. These tutorials will also help students to focus their work, give feedback and assertain any issues or troubleshooting requirements.

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 B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dma3015

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Digital Media Arts with Media Studies BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 2 Optional 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.