RESEARCH METHODS AND PROPOSAL - 2017/8

Module code: DMA3016

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

STEWART G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework RESEARCH PROPOSAL (2000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop the necessary academic research skills required for you to complete your digital media arts dissertation module at the end of your course of study. It will introduce you to the traditions and processes of research associated with the study of digital media. It will also provide you with an opportunity to critique these traditions through an exploration of their epistemology and research methods. In doing so, it will require you to apply the ideas you encounter as you develop the initial stages of your own project. This initial phase of your project will be presented in the form of a research proposal at the end of this module.  

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 research and independent learning
Epistemology
Research Methods
Research skills, time management and project development
Proposal Writing
Individual tutorials.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop an appropriate level of knowledge of research methods to allow them to conduct independent study of digital media

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures x 1 hour seminar x 2 weeks
Seminars x 1 hour seminar x 9 weeks
Tutorials x 6 (mandatory) per student – approx 30 mins, including discussion of the Proposal  .


Preliminary lectures and seminars will prepare students for the proposal assessment by providing them with research method case studies. In subsequent weeks, students will present their proposed projects and critically evaluate them through informal peer assessment and advice. This formative evaluation will then be developed in the tutorials which will help students to focus their work, provide an opportunity for 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 research methods and processes appropriate for study of digital media, and to apply them in a proposal that will form the basis of their dissertation in semester two. 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: Proposal 100% (2000 words)


Formative assessment and feedback

The devising and drafting proposal assessment will serve as formative activity and will be followed by feedback to assess progress in the tutorial sessions. This formative activity will also help students to gauge the work required for the final proposal, and troubleshoot any issues at an early stage if required. Students will also be required to attend tutorials, and to informally present or discuss aspects of their work (depending on time frame) during the later seminars.

Reading list

Reading list for RESEARCH METHODS AND PROPOSAL : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dma3016

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 1 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.