RESEARCH AND REFLECTION - 2020/1

Module code: MUT3018

Module Overview

Practical work in the Programme is charted in a critically reflective piece, in which the range of texts, characters and performance challenges they have been presented with is documented. In the first part of the module students will submit a plan based on their performance work and research. This can be character study, vocal study or choreographic analytical
study. Following a formative assessment this plan is then developed into a written study for submission. This can also include media, engagement with IT and logs of process so that by the end of Level 6 the student has generated a critical study that will serve as a record of their process and evidence critical understanding of the range of texts rehearsed and performed.
Students will attend tutorials in which their work is supported, analysed and mentored.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

DAVIDSON Andrew (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W312

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

This module contains the major written project of the Programme at Level 6. This allows students to develop effective reflective practice on their work in the rehearsal studio and on projects as they enter the profession.
AREAS OF WRITTEN STUDY:
Applied critical analysis of text
Applied reflective analysis
Text interpretation
Understanding of acting methodology
Understanding of personal practice
Understanding of personal development
Engagement with critical theories
Methods of researching
Students will be required to submit an outline plan for areas of research to follow through. These areas could be, but are by no means limited to, vocal technique and practice, choreographic study, acting technique and process.
Students will be required as part of this module to supply a literature list to ensure that the work delivered in the module is academically sound and has a system of support embedded within the programme.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN ASSESSMENT: Summative: ESSAY (3,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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

Reflect and analyse on sustained practice and to underpin practical methodological understanding with critical analysis, embedding academic writing skills.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

ESSAY (6,000 words): 100%: Teaching Block 3
1. Evidence skills that will enable the student to plan, deliver and reflect critically on own practice.
2. Demonstrate consistent and sound critical and intellectual practice.
3. Evidence a creative and intelligent approach to creating and developing a range of work and reflecting on a range personal process and performance experience.
4. Demonstrate responsibility and rigor in presenting work that is clear, consistent and has a clear critical merit.
5. Create and develop a credible and dynamic approach to reflective process.
6. Evidence the ability to design and implement strategies targeted at differing artistic, creative and objectives.

Formative assessment and feedback  

Within the first six weeks of the module, students will submit a Plan of approximately 1,000 words, which will form the basis of a formative assessment allowing students to develop the work before final submission.

Student activity link to Learning Outcomes


  • Contextual understanding

  • Understanding and application of theory

  • Critical Analysis

  • Communication skills

  • Academic writing


Module aims

  • To consolidate the skills requisite to analysing and reflecting on performance.
  • To sustain a consistent and reflective practice around rehearsal and performance.
  • Creative and intelligent engagement throughout performance.
  • To engage with critical analysis and theory in praxis.
  • To apply constructive and critical reflection and analysis upon process and outcome
  • To deploy appropriate research methods and strategies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Examine current and historical practitioners their theories and practices. K
002 Critically analyse, reflect upon and evaluate yours and other’s work. C
003 Examine research theory and its application. C
004 Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum T
005 Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. P
006 Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals’ role within it. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 136

Lecture Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Consolidate and encourage students to reflect on sustained practice and to underpin practical methodological understanding with critical analysis, embedding academic writing skills.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Across the semester this module is delivered over a blend of contact hours and hours of independent/guided study.
Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice and formative assessment with written feedback.
In depth:
The approach of the module encourages students to participate in reflection on their own sustained practice, independent study and research.
Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SurreyLearn and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.
Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group alongside being allocated a personal tutor to assist with the project.
The module is structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specific bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentiation of techniques within the academic tutorials.
Students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal notes during their process to bring to tutorials and class.

The module is delivered over 150 hours study across the term including, class, seminar and self-study.

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 RESEARCH AND REFLECTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut3018

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 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre 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 2020/1 academic year.