MUS3017 : Minor Specialist Study: Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Goffredo Plastino
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||0:30||3:00||tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||2:00||8:00||seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||189:00||189:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|MUS3013||Major 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
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