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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5139M International Research Project

30 creditsClass Size: 4

Module manager: Prof Karen Burland
Email: k.burland@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Enrolment on the programme plus normally an average of at least 60 in semester one modules and an excellent profile of commitment, reliability and attendance. An outline research proposal is also required.

Visiting students would need to provide a reference and evidence of academic achievement and an outline research proposal.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The International Research Project module provides an opportunity for you to research a topic of your choice with staff at your home institution and an international partner, subject to the approval of both potential supervisors. It is anticipated that you will spend approximately 3 months at an international partner university where you will continue to develop your research project (which you will start at your home institution), by collecting information/data and contextualising your research in a broader learning environment. You will submit a research proposal, an interim report and a final piece of work equivalent to 6,000-8,000 words in total.Your project tutors will help you to define the scope and topic of your work, 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, conducting fieldwork/empirical research, and working confidently as an independent learner.You will be expected to fund your travel, accommodation and living costs whilst studying at the international partner university, and ensure that all necessary travel documentation (including visas) are in place before you are due to travel.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- Allow students to pursue an individual research topic topic of their choice with staff at their home institution and an international partner, subject to the approval of both potential supervisors.
- Provide students with an opportunity to contextualise their research in a broader learning environment by studying in an international partner university.
- Provide students with opportunities to demonstrate a range of skills, including assimilating scholarly literature, expressing concepts and hypotheses in a critical fashion, conducting fieldwork/empirical research, and working confidently as an independent learner.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will demonstrate their ability to:

- devise, plan, execute and report on a research project in music, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
- identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks and source materials;
- construct a coherent extended argument, supported with appropriate evidence, displaying a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of that subject;
- display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence, and interpretation appropriate to their programme of study;
- demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a more questioning approach to their area of study;
- present their work to a high standard, in clear English and with appropriate scholarly apparatus (such as footnoting, musical examples, tables, a consistently and helpfully organised bibliography), utilising appropriate forms of word- and music- processing software.


Syllabus

Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed investigation which is appropriate to their programme of study, and present their findings in the form of an extended report. The syllabus is determined by the chosen research subject area, to be approved by the supervisors in both institutions.

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
Seminar11.001.00
Tutorial30.501.50
Tutorial80.504.00
Private study hours293.50
Total Contact hours6.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

5 hours preparation per individual tutorial (55 hours)
5 hours preparation for seminar (5 hours)
Independent research and writing of learning contract/draft submissions/final dissertation (233 hours)

NOTE: 8 x 0.5hr tutorials take place at the partner institution and 3 x 0.5hr tutorials take place in Leeds.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Due to the nature of this module, students will be expected to work closely with their supervisors even before the module commences (in the development of the research project proposal). Regular tutorials will be key to ensure the success of the collaboration, and when the student is visiting the partner institution it is expected that some supervisions may take place using skype to ensure the student is making sufficient progress. Students submit a learning contract before they depart for the partner institution and this will ensure the scope of the project is manageable and suitable for the time available. The interim report will also provide a useful means of assessing the progress of the student and project.

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
Essay4500-6000 words85.00
Report1000-1500 words10.00
ReportApprox. 500 words. This must be approved by supervisors in both institutions in order for you to progress on the module.5.00
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: 21/09/2018

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