Module code: MFC3026

Module Overview

This module allows students to build on the knowledge and skills gained in Documentary Practice I and develop skills in presenting ideas and analysis in the form of a video documentary.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

HONESS ROE Annabelle (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: P310

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pass mark in Documentary Practice I & II at HE5.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Individual to students’ films

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment DOCUMENTARY VIDEO (20-25 MINUTES) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes for this module.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An 20-25 minute film

  • A 3000-word evaluation on the production of the film and the completed film submitted at the same time as the completed film

  • A proposal and outline submitted during semester 1

Formative assessment

  • At 5 key stages of the process including draft proposal, schedule, edit plan, rough assembly, fine cut (if completed in time)


Verbal feedback delivered at 1-1 tutorials at the 5 key stages of formative assessment.

Module aims

  • Provide students with an opportunity to select and carry out an in depth study of a topic appropriate for documentary film treatment
  • Enhance students' understanding of documentary research methodologies
  • Foster the skills and understandings necessary to develop and produce a documentary film from concept to completion
  • Enhance students' understanding of relevant film making techniques, modes and methodologies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of working with the documentary form
2 Demonstrate an awareness of a range of documentary research methodologies
3 Demonstrate a thorough appreciation of ethical principles associated with researching, filming and editing documentary
4 Demonstrate an in depth understanding of practical filmmaking in the context of documentary production
5 Demonstrate an ability to use audio-visual techniques at a professional level at all stages of production

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 450

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to produce a 20-25 minute documentary by guiding them through the process of

  1. Writing a proposal

  2. Researching their topic and developing their idea (including keeping a notebook)

  3. Production (including clearances)

  4. Post production (including screening various cuts)

  5. Evaluation (description of the learning process)

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Group and individual tutorials.

  • Independent film production

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.

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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.