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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI1900 Studying the Global Creative Industries

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Jonathan Ward

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

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce the foundational concepts and skills needed as a student on the Global Creative Industries programme. It will introduce the practice of research and scholarship at the University of Leeds, and introduce reflective learning as an important practice. It will feature a combination of online materials, lectures and workshop sessions.


This module aims to ensure the smooth transition between prior learning experiences and University-level study, and introduce the opportunities of research-led teaching. It will ensure that you will develop skills for independent and reflective learning that will be an essential element of your experience on the Global Creative Industries programme, and for a variety of future careers throughout cultural and creative sectors.

Learning outcomes
1. Understand the particular opportunities and challenges of studying at University-level, including independent learning and research-led teaching.
2. Navigate the Library and other research resources as well as make effective use of the online catalogues and electronic resources.
3. Identify, locate and evaluate the quality of different research materials that are appropriate to different research and study tasks.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of your strengths and weaknesses as a learner and an understanding of strategies for effective learning.


Using lectures, seminars and workshops, this module will introduce and develop skills for studying and researching the global creative industries. Topics may include:
• the importance of academic integrity
• searching for and analysing documents
• the importance of reflective learning

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.50
Total Contact hours19.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparatory reading for weekly lecture/seminar: 28 hours
Further reading/research after each session: 13.5 hours
Research, drafting and assignment writing: 139 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Using a portfolio as an assessment tool will allow students to build up elements over the year, working independently and with the support of staff and peers. Each of the three small group tutorials will be focussed on one element of the assessed portfolio. In these sessions, students will share and discuss their plans for each component, providing the opportunity for formative feedback from module staff and peers. Workshops and seminars will provide additional opportunity for formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioUp to 3,000 words across three exercises100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Over the year, and with formative input from staff and peers, students will develop an individual portfolio that aims to develop important research and study skills. While the exact composition of the portfolio may change to reflect changing needs, it will be designed to develop foundational skills in, for example, finding and analysing documents. This learning is built upon in modules in Years 2 and 3. At present it is envisaged the three components will be an annotated bibliography, a discussion of document analysis and a reflective log. The annotated bibliography will allow students to become familiar with searching for documents, identify key features of academic resources, and begin to think critically about them. Directly building on this, a discussion of the document analysis method will further develop skills in critical thinking, and introduce the wide range of non-academic resources that are can be useful when researching the global creative industries. The reflective log will begin the process of having students reflect on the skills and learning they develop through the programme, with a view to being able to recognise and articulate them in future academic and professional settings. The resit task would replace the portfolio with a reflective learning assignment. Reflective learning is a key part of the programme and importantly includes reflection on failure. Students will be directed to reflect on the summative feedback received, and make explicit reference to the published marking criteria and Learning Objectives to structure the assignment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:18:26


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