Module code: MUS3057

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

VOLIOTI G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 445

Tutorial Hours: 5

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 12000 WORD DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Permission of the module leader

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop further the skills and experience you acquired in essay-writing at level HE5.

Module aims

To enable you to engage with a topic of your own choosing at a level of detail not otherwise offered on the programme.

To foster an ability to structure an extended piece of writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Write an abstract.
2 Research and write a detailed and precise bibliography.
3 Organize and structure a large-scale piece of written work employing the appropriate research methodology.
4 Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator.
5 The ability to work independently. T
6 Cogent written argumentation. T
7 Deconstruction of problems. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

An initial plenary session in which the purpose of the module will be outlined and advice given on planning and suitable topics.
An initial tutorial with the module co-ordinator to determine your topic and supervisor.
A progress tutorial with the module co-ordinator to determine progress at the end of semester 1
Tutorials with your supervisor.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The learning and teaching methods include:

Initial Plenary session
Researching and writing an extended essay.

Assessment Strategy

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

Demonstrate ability to choose and shape a suitable dissertation project, construct appropriate research questions and conduct independent research. Students will further develop their essay-writing skills at an extended level.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One 12,000-word dissertation [100%] (addresses learning outcomes: 1–8)

Formative assessment

A progress review meeting with the module co-ordinator at the end of semester 1 based on the submission of a brief progress report.
Discussion of draft work with dissertation supervisor


Feedback will be given at the progress review meeting with the module co-ordinator at the end of semester 1
Feedback will be provided by the dissertation supervisor throughout the module

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION C : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus3057

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.