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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS3940 Music Psychology

40 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Freya Bailes
Email: f.bailes@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Pass in MUSS2920

Pre-requisites

MUSS2920The Psychology of Listening and Performance

Module replaces

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will provide you with advanced knowledge regarding some of the key issues in music psychology and develop your ability to carry out independent critical and empirical studies. The lecture-seminars will use the lens of different research methodologies to focus on examples of influential and controversial research in music psychology, stretching your critical faculties and introducing you to new concerns; other sessions will provide practical training in appropriate research techniques and help you to develop critical and evaluative skills to effectively structure and communicate empirical research.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- assess the importance of music-psychological research for understanding human behaviour;
- place selected exemplars of music-psychological research within a broad context of everyday concerns;
- develop more comprehensive skills in locating, summarising and reviewing existing primary source material;
- manage research projects applying these skills;
- demonstrate skills in analysing data;
- develop the skills necessary to conduct an empirical study;
- effectively plan a practical project;
- write up a practical project in appropriate style and format;
- demonstrate awareness of different research methods; and
- demonstrate a broad knowledge of the methods and findings of music-psychological research.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. assess the importance of music-psychological research for understanding human behaviour;
2. place selected exemplars of music-psychological research within a broad context of everyday concerns;
3. develop more comprehensive skills in locating, summarising and reviewing existing primary source material;
4. manage research projects applying these skills;
5. demonstrate skills in analysing data;
6. develop the skills necessary to conduct an empirical study;
7. effectively plan a practical project;
8. write up a practical project in appropriate style and format;
9. demonstrate awareness of different research methods; and
10. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the methods and findings of music-psychological research.


Syllabus

The lectures will aim to develop students' ability to carry out independent critical and empirical studies.

The lecture-seminars will focus on:
1) finding and summarising existing research on a focused topic;
2) developing critical and evaluative skills;
3) providing training in appropriate research methodologies.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture132.0026.00
Tutorial70.503.50
Private study hours370.50
Total Contact hours29.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

General reading (47 hours)
Class preparation tasks (27 hours)
Database searching (20 hours)
Preparation for coursework assessments 276.5

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The module design provides multiple opportunities for monitoring student progress and providing feedback. The classes are run as discursive seminars, where students prepare readings and class time is dedicated to group discussion of the key texts. This provides opportunities for students to peer review each other’s ideas, as well as for academic staff to enhance and build student skills and knowledge as appropriate. The presentation provides another useful point of monitoring as to how well students are developing their skills of methodological critique which will be invaluable as they work towards their final projects. Additional built-in tutorial time (as well as staff drop-in hours) will also allow staff to monitor progress of specific module outcomes.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report7,200-8,000 WORD EMPIRICAL REPORT75.00
Presentation20 minutes individual presentation (methodological critique)25.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:43:07

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