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MUS3017 : Minor Specialist Study: Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To enable students:
- to engage in a research project.
- to consolidate and develop research techniques, critical skills and scholarly imagination.
- to 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 half-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.
Assessment: Dissertation 5000-7000 words (100%). 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 at the end of Welcome Week and are allocated a dissertation supervisor. Six half 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 an additional group session in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1189:00189:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3013Major Specialist Study: Dissertation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Since 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 half 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2A1005,000-7,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The quality of the dissertation tests all the learning outcomes. The preliminary research proposal tests the students ability to design a feasible project.

The nature of the specialist study dissertation is such that students may need to submit appendices of transcriptions of interviews, translations, song lyrics, extracts from libretti, questionnaire responses, and so forth. Though not necessarily a directly assessed element of the dissertation, such materials can be integral to the coherence of the arguments made in the dissertation and can easily drive the word count of the submission over the recommended limit. The degree to which such transcriptions and additional text are deemed necessary for a fair and accurate assessment to be made of the student's work is determined by the student in consultation with their supervisor where necessary

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The coursework assessment needs an earlier submission date but otherwise remains unchanged

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