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Modules

MUS3013 : Major Specialist Study: Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To enable students to:
1. engage in an extended research project
2. consolidate and develop research techniques, critical skills, and scholarly imagination
3. demonstrate professional scholarly practice and develop skills in writing and presentation appropriate to the chosen medium

This is a dissertation module, focused on a topic of the student's own choice. The bulk of the student's time is devoted to private study and research. Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor - six one-hour meetings being the norm - and are expected to attend at least five of the Music research seminars over the course of the academic year.
In addition, formative assessment includes an initial proposal written over the summer vacation and an extended outline, which is submitted during Semester 1.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students submit a dissertation outline in Induction week and are allocated a dissertation supervisor. Six one hour one-to-one meetings with the supervisor over the course of the year to support the planning and writing of the dissertation. A series of group workshops in Semester 1 covering various aspects of the dissertation process; including planning, research, writing and referencing provide additional support, alongside a further group session in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1384:00384:00N/A
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3017Minor Specialist Study: Dissertation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Since this is a dissertation module focused on a topic of the students own choice, the bulk of the student’s time is devoted to private study and research. Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor- six one- hour meetings being the norm- and are expected to attend at least five of the music department's research seminars. The taught elements of the course develop research and writing skills, and guide the students in the writing of their extended outlines, which provide an overview of their proposed course of study and research.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151M10Scheduled by the School in the last week of autumn term.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2A9010,000-12,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MCompulsory tutorial on progress with dissertation or project with short written report (500 words max).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The quality of the dissertation tests all the learning outcomes. The oral presentation is a 'staging post' to assess the student's progress in advance of commencing work on the final submission.

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