Module code: MUS3078

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

VOLIOTI G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 441

Seminar Hours: 1

Tutorial Hours: 5

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 5,000-WORD COMMENTARY 50
Practical based assessment SOLO PERFORMANCE 50
Coursework 5,000-WORD COMMENTARY 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Dissertation: none Composition: Composition 2A or 2B with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Leader. Performance: Performance 2A or 2B with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Leader.

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop a further degree of independence in the conception, design, and fulfilment of a musicological, compositional, or performance project.

Module aims

To enable you to engage with issues in musicology, composition, or performance 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
Write an abstract KT
Research and write a detailed and precise bibliography KT
Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator KC
Demonstrate the ability to work independently T
Produce cogent written argumentation T
Deconstruct of problems T
Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice
Create compositions of a professional standard (composition) P
Employ a range of technical/musical skills appropriate to your repertoire (performance) C

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 leader to determine your topic and supervisor.

Presentations and discussions of aspects of your work in group tutorials with students undertaking cognate topics.

Tutorials with your supervisor.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a high degree of independence in the planning, research, and fulfilment of an large-scale individual project.

The learning and teaching methods include:

A plenary session outlining the aims and methods of the module and the range of topics available. (1 hour lecture)

Groups tutorials (3 x 1 hour sessions)

Tutorials (10 x 30 minute sessions)

Individual study (441 hours total)

Assessment Strategy

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

your independence in the planning, research, and fulfilment of a large-scale individual project; your ability to identify a topic/compositional technique/performance repertoire suitable for treatment in a project of this scope; your ability to identify and critique relevant secondary literature; and your knowledge/understanding of your chosen topic/technique/repertoire.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

12,000-word musicological dissertation


Portfolio of compositions

5,000-word commentary


Solo Performance

5,000-word commentary

Formative assessment

• Non-assessed presentations or performances; essay plan.


• Verbal feedback on your progress will be supplied in these sessions and during one-to-one tutorials during the year.

• You will also receive written feedback from your supervisor in the form of annotations on your drafts or comments on non-assessed performances.

Reading list

Reading list for INDIVIDUAL PROJECT :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music BMus (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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.