Module code: DAN3037

Module Overview

This module equips students with the skills and knowledge required to complete a Dissertation within the field of dance and/or performance studies. The taught coursework for this module is in research methodologies. The majority of the remaining part of the module is tutorial and independently-led and directs students to the completion of a Dissertation. The choice of Dissertation topic may arise from a specific dance or performance interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience at Levels 4-6 or from professional training at Level P. The topic will be discussed to be devised with appropriate content and parameters and designed to demonstrate the student’s analytical, critical and evaluative skills. It is possible for the Dissertation to be part practical. 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.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 420

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Module Availability

Year long

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
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Dissertation Proposal and Plan (including Annotated Bibliography) 30
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Dissertation (8000 words) 70

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

• Thorough understanding and application of relevant theories and methodologies

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Dissertation Proposal & Plan (30%): outline of dissertation project including critical source commentary

• Dissertation (70%): independent research project/ performance on a topic in dance studies

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge of a range of dance disciplines and methodologies CK
002 Informed awareness of how to design a self-determined project and to conduct appropriate research, performance, and writing CKPT
003 Ability to identify, analyse and critique a variety of appropriate sources with minimum guidance CKPT
004 Ability to select and design a research project in an area of specific dance and/or performance interest and, in particular, to determine a clear rationale, appropriate parameters, methodology and structure CKPT
005 Ability to locate, organise, and apply a wide range of research materials CKPT
006 Ability to take responsibility for managing time and learning autonomously CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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:

o Lecture/Seminars

o Independent Study & Study Groups

o Library Sessions

o 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

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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2019/0 academic year.