2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MUSS5132M Short Dissertation
30 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Clive McClelland
Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep, Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsPlace on a taught postgraduate programme in Music; first degree in music or appropriate professional experience; demonstrable knowledge of music, and understanding of appropriate terminology.
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to investigate a musical subject of your choice (subject to the approval of the module leader), and to present your findings in an extended essay of 6,000-8,000 words. Your Dissertation supervisor will help you to define the scope and topic of your Dissertation, but it should be one which enables you to demonstrate a range of skills, including assimilating scholarly literature, expressing concepts and hypotheses in a critical fashion, and working confidently as an independent learner.
ObjectivesThis module aims to:
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop their abilities to use and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of information in order to identify areas warranting further research.
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine their abilities to use appropriate research techniques.
- Provide students with an opportunity to conduct an independent study under supervision.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1: devise, plan, execute and report on an extended research project in music, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
LO2: identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and source materials;
LO3: construct a coherent extended argument, supported with appropriate evidence, displaying a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of that subject;
LO4: display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence and interpretation appropriate to their programme of study;
LO5: demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a more questioning approach to their area of study;
LO6: present their work to a high standard, in clear English and with a good standard of presentation.
Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed investigation that is appropriate to their programme of study, and present their findings in the form of an extended essay. The content of the dissertation will be developed in consultation with the supervisor.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study297 hours - Private study to include:
• Preparation for supervision tutorials
• Reading relevant and related literature
• Researching and developing appropriate theoretical frameworks and methodologies
• Completion of interim submissions
• Time spent going through feedback from supervisions and interim submissions to support research and writing
• Independent research
• Writing draft material and preparing the final submission
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackProposal, Interim Report, feedback on draft chapter
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Essay or Dissertation
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:07
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