DISSERTATION A - 2017/8

Module code: DMA3014

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

STEWART G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

30

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION (8000 WORDS) 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate the academic ideas, learning and study skills you have acquired during your degree. You will achieve this by researching and writing a digital media arts dissertation that is self-initiated, self-managed and supported by your assigned supervisor. This dissertation will be an opportunity to select and explore in depth an area of interest to you within the wider interest defined by your degree. It will build on the work undertaken in the research methods module studied in the first semester of your final year.

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:


Introductory sessions on independent and continuing learning
Staff and student-led critical debates
Research skills, time management and the collation of existing skillsets.
Seminars in which students explore their own ideas within a group context
Individual tutorials.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop their own critical reasoning and skills within a supported environment, and to build upon aspects of Digital Media Arts already taught.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Seminars x 1 hour seminar x 4 weeks
Tutorials x 14 (mandatory) per student – approx 30 mins per week, including discussion of the progress of the work and the final dissertation.


Preliminary seminars and lectures will prepare students for the disssertation. In subsequent weeks, students will present their progress in their tutorials. These tutorials will also help students to focus their work, give feedback and assertain any issues or troubleshooting requirements.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Digital Arts Media drawn from the preceding three years of their studies, and to apply it to an individual piece of written work of their own devising. In this respect the assessment is also intended to allow them to learn about knowledge management and design on an individual level through self -organisation and research practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Examination by Coursework: Dissertation 100% (8000 words, due Semester 2, week 12)


Formative assessment and feedback

The proposal submitted for the research methods module will serve as an opportunity initial formative feedback for this module. This formative feedback will then be followed by other formative feedback during tutorials to assess progress and discuss any issues that arise. 

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dma3014

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.