Module code: DAN3033

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module requires students to research and complete an independent research project within the field of dance studies. 

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

In conjunction with the Research Methodologies module, this module is tutorial-led and directs students to the completion of a Dissertation. The choice of Dissertation topic may arise from a specific dance interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience at Levels 4-6 or from professional training at Level P. The topic should have appropriate content and parameters and should be designed to demonstrate the student’s analytical, critical and evaluative skills. It is possible for the Dissertation to be part practical in nature. If this is the case, the written part of the Dissertation will be shorter and may be of a different nature. In this instance, the relative weighting of written and practical work will be negotiated between tutor and student. In all cases, however, the written component must constitute at least 50% of the Dissertation, i.e. 6,000 words or equivalent, and will count for at least half of the marks. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

foster students independent learning and research

The learning and teaching methods include:

8 hours tutor-led supervision and feedback (Week 1-11) 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

In-depth knowledge of a research topic in an area of specific dance interest.
Thorough understanding and application of relevant theories and methodologies

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Dissertation (12000 words or equivalent) (100%): independent research project on a topic in dance studies (Week 12)

Assessment Deadline:

Week 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Tutorials provide formative assessment and feedback. 

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan3033

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.