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PECI5503M Research Perspectives (Performance Design)

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Joslin McKinney

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

This module is one of a suite of interlocking, subject-specific modules designed to replace Research Perspectives PECI 5101M within the School of PCI

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This compulsory module is a programme-specific induction into postgraduate-level research designed for the particular needs of students undertaking the MA Performance Design. It is one of a suite of parallel PGT modules within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, offering a similar but programme-inflected experience to all Masters students within the School. Core lectures of generic interest will be shared with MAs from other programmes. But the chief objective of Research Perspectives (Performance Design) is to provide a thorough grounding in a wide range of research methods and methodologies relevant to Performance Design as an academic discipline, equipping students to research and analyse their own projects as well as apply forms of critical inquiry to existing work within the field. Weekly lectures and seminars focus on topics of key importance to the Performance Design student, from project conceptualisation and planning and the framing of research approaches, through to the collection and synthesising of material, ethical considerations, reflective evaluation and critical engagement in current issues and debates. Assessment takes two forms – a critique of an existing piece of research and a Research Project Proposal that identifies and demonstrates the research rationale, research context, methodology, and outcomes.


The objectives of this module are to enable students to:

Become emergent researcher-practitioners who understand the nature of research within the discipline of Performance;
Design and appreciate the importance and challenges of undertaking research;
Acquire working skills in research methods appropriate to Performance Design

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand the roles and responsibilities of the researcher within Performance and the Cultural Industries
Identify and deploy the principal methods and methodologies of research relevant to Performance Design , including practice-based research
Identify ethical issues within the field of Performance Design, and know how to apply/implement appropriate measures, including ethical review
Employ a range of data collection, analysis and interpretation methods as applicable to Performance Design research
Have a working knowledge of research resources and how to access them


Students develop their perspectives and skills as emergent researcher-practitioners through a series of topic-based lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The first half of the module, preparing students for their first assignment, will include a number of lectures shared with students on other MAs within PCI. These lectures will cover topics of general relevance to Performance and Cultural Industries, and therefore to all postgraduates in the School. In the second half of the module, students will work exclusively within their own programme group, to allow time for focus on subject-specific research methodologies and approaches, in preparation for specialist Research Project proposals.
Generic lecture/seminar topics delivered in the first half of the module will include:

Contrasting forms and models of research in the Performing Arts and Cultural Industries;
The roles and responsibilities of Arts and Humanities research;
Ethical considerations in research;
Resources and data gathering/analysis;
Subject-specific topics delivered throughout the module, but mainly in the second half, will include:
An overview of practice- and desk-based research methodologies and methods within Performance Design;
Locating sources, methods of collection and evaluation (including historiographical and archival sources for Performance Design);
Frames of analysis for performance design (semiotics, phenomenology, cognitive science and other emerging frames);
Practice-as-research methodologies;
Ethnography and auto-ethnography;
Participatory and action research

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures and seminars 100 hours
Familiarisation with research resources 20 hours
Preparation for practical workshop 10 hours
Preparation of assignments 148 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are monitored through performance in seminars and tutorials, and through oral presentation of their project proposal. They are offered detailed oral and written feedback on their first formal assignment, and formative assessment at this stage halfway through the module enhances progress monitoring

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3500-4000 word Project Proposal60.00
Essay3000-3500 word Critique40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:45


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