MUS3013 : Major Specialist Study: Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Goffredo Plastino
- Lecturer: Dr Nanette De Jong
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
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 a draft 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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||5||2:00||10:00||seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||384:00||384:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|MUS3017||Minor 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. Students make a short presentation on the progress of their research during the Finalists’ Conference which takes place during the assessment period at the end of Semester 1.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||15||1||A||20||10 minute presentation of research in progress at finalists' conference, followed by 5 minutes Q&A|
|Written exercise||1||A||10||Extended Outline|
|Report||2||M||Compulsory tutorial on progress with dissertation or project with short written report (500 words max).|
|Written exercise||1||M||Draft Extended Outline|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The quality of the dissertation tests all the learning outcomes. The presentation tests oral presentation skills, as well as providing a 'staging post' to assess the student's progress at the halfway point.