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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL3330 Final Year Project: Digitising Life and Research

40 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Antonio Martinez-Arboleda

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

Year running 2016/17

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 documentary, 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 documentary 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.


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Show a critical understanding of key issues related to their own research interests from an anthropological and humanistic perspective;
- Carry out their research in an ethical, socially purposeful and professional manner, sharing the data as appropriate;
- Have a critical understanding of the processes of digital production and dissemination of Open Educational Resources from cultural, educational and legal perspectives;
- Present their research to a wider audience in an engaging yet scholarly way;
- Interpret critically primary data and secondary sources in order to incorporate them into their own research and narrative;
- Use software;
- Design, produce and publish their own audio documentaries.

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.


Week 1: Research Methods (qualitative research and oral history)
Week 2: Research Ethics
Weeks 3-5: Online Group Project (1): Preparation of Research Documentation for Interviews
Weeks 6-7: Group Project (2): Dissemination, engagement and recruitment
Weeks 8-11: Interview to research participant(s)
Week 9: Practical session on ELAN software
Week 11: Documentary genres, modes of expression, narrative and scripting.

Week 1: Digital Humanities, OER, Licences and Platforms
Week 5: Individual presentation of research proposals to a group of students who work on related topics
Week 6: Practical session on digital production software

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group Project310.0030.00
Independent online learning hours176.00
Private study hours88.00
Total Contact hours136.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through supervision, plus assessment of the written draft.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectReview of ethical protocols, updating existing research participation consent forms and designing and disseminating adverts0.00
Group ProjectStudents will disseminate the adverts, engage with research participants and arrange the interviews0.00
PracticalStudents will conduct and record, digitally, the interviews and will share the files with the rest of the class in accordance with ethical protocols0.00
PracticalStudents will produce collaboratively professional transcriptions of the interviews carried out with research participants0.00
Group ProjectCollaborative discussion on research and dissemination proposals0.00
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation of research proposals to a group of students who work on related topics0.00
Report5,000-word written script for audio documentary + 1,000 words written introduction explaining the research and dissemination aims. Interview extracts should make up a minimum of 20% of the word count and a maximum of 50% of the 5,000 word count.50.00
Assignment5,000-word audio documentary + 1,000 words written introduction. (Interview extracts should make up a minimum of 20% of the word count and a maximum of 50% of the 5,000 word count).50.00
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: 05/04/2016


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