Module code: MUS3055

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop further the skills and experience you acquired in essay-writing at level HE2.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

VOLIOTI Georgia (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W300

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Permission of module convenor.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • An initial plenary session in which the purpose of the module will be outlined and advice given on planning and suitable topics.

  • An initial tutorial with the module co-ordinator to determine your topic and supervisor.

  • A progress tutorial with the module co-ordinator to determine progress at the end of semester 1

  • Tutorials with your supervisor

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 5000 WORD DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

Demonstrate ability to choose and shape a suitable dissertation project, construct appropriate research questions and conduct independent research. Students will further develop their essay-writing skills at an extended level.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One 5,000-word dissertation [100%] (addresses learning outcomes: 1–8)

Formative assessment

Formative assessment in this module includes:

  • A progress review meeting with the module co-ordinator at the end of semester 1 based on the submission of a brief progress report.

  • Discussion of draft work with dissertation supervisor


  • Feedback will be given at the progress review meeting with the module co-ordinator at the end of semester 1

  • Feedback will be provided by the dissertation supervisor throughout the module

Module aims

  • To enable you to engage in detail with a topic of your own choosing.
  • To foster an ability to structure an extended piece of writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Write an abstract.
2 Research and write a detailed and precise bibliography.
3 Organize and structure an extendedpiece of written work employing the appropriate research methodology.
4 Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator.
5 The ability to work independently. T
6 Cogent written argumentation. T
7 Deconstruction of problems. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Initial Plenary session

  • Tutorials

  • Researching and writing an extended essay.

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 A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus3055

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.