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MODL3350 Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (Podcast)

40 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Antonio Martinez-Arboleda

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

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will work towards the production of their own digitised research-based podcast , in English or in any other language, on a topic of their interest for a specific audience of their choice. Students, supported by tutors and other students, will recruit research participants on the basis of their personal connection to the research topic chosen and will carry out audio recorded interviews, in English or in any other language. The interviews will adhere to either oral history methodology, capturing life story narratives, or qualitative research methods, whereby interviewees answer a fixed set of questions. These activities will be carried out in accordance with relevant ethical protocols.Students will be supervised by a member of staff specialised in the topic of their research-based podcast and will be supported with training on digital production, critical engagement and qualitative research and/or oral history methodologies. In case of languages other than English being used, the supervisor will also be competent in that language. In the course of their project Students will develop the necessary skills and attributes to enhance their own professional digital profile. This Final Year project is also an opportunity for students to become responsible digital scholars and make tangible critical contributions in the fields of history, society, politics, language, culture or art to the Global Learning Community.


To provide students with an opportunity to carry out their research in an ethical, socially purposeful and professional manner, to acquire critical understanding of key issues related to their own research interests from an anthropological and humanistic perspective; and to share their data and outputs as appropriate with a wider audience in an engaging yet scholarly way;
To develop students’ critical understanding of the processes of digital production and dissemination of Open Educational Resources from cultural, educational and legal perspectives.
To enhance students ability to interpret critically primary data and secondary sources and incorporate them into their own research and narrative;
To equip students with the necessary skills to design, produce and publish their own audio documentaries (podcast), including the use of software;

Learning outcomes
- Critical understanding of qualitative research methods and oral history from a theoretical and practical perspective;
- Understanding of relevant ethical protocols for research;
- Understanding of genres and modes of expression in audio documentary production;
- Scholarly expertise in an area of interest connected to the student's Degree Programme;
- Legal and ethical awareness of Intellectual Property Rights and Open Content cultural and scholar production;
Skills outcomes:
- Advanced communication skills, which will allow students to create their own documentary narration based on their own research and write up a script;
- Research skills which will enable students to prepare, conduct and code their own interviews;
- Critical skills which will enable students to exploit the research data of interviews;
- Competence as users in software for audio transcription and for podcast production.


Research Methods (qualitative research and oral history) and Research Ethics.
Project dissemination, engagement, recruitment and interviews
Documentary genres, modes of expression, narrative and scripting.

Digital Humanities, OER, Licences and Platforms and digital production software

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours18.00
Private study hours361.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students will have to prepare documentation for their research, including consent forms, and arrange, carry out and analyse interviews.
Reading of secondary sources is also essential.
The production of the documentary podcast involves writing up a script as well as recording and mixing soundtracks.
All these activities are supported by training provided as part of the practical sessions as well as online training and open practice group work.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through supervision, plus assessment of the written draft.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment4,000 word for the script of the podcast, 2500 words for the research essay80.00
AssignmentAudio Documentary20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For the resit, both assessment components need to be submitted at the same time

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:42:36


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