RESEARCH TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS A - 2017/8

Module code: MUSM048

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W390

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation 20-MINUTE PRESENTATION IN FORM OF CONFERENCE PAPER ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE 50
Coursework 2000-WORD ESSAY 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A This module is core and will require students to pass every unit of assessment

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to reflect on and contextualise your practice. To facilitate this process you will be trained in relevant research skills and methodologies. The module brings together practitioners working in different but complementary areas in order to encourage fruitful cross-fertilisation.

Module aims

Writing and oral presentation

Framing research questions related to practice as research

Library skills

General and specialist computer skills.

To explore research issues and topics common to practitioners from varied disciplines and traditions.

To introduce some of the methodologies relevant to practice-based research, for example reflective practice, phenomenology, action research, etc.

To develop, through research, a critical awareness of your own practice and its context.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Conduct primary research efficiently and effectively making use of a range of physical and online resources. P
Frame research questions and address them critically. C
Present research orally with clarity. P
Write critically about your own field of research demonstrating an awareness of current issues and insights and knowledge of relevant methodologies. KC
Understand the contemporary context of your practice. K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Using library databases.
Critical writing.
Presentation skills.
Theories of reflective practice.
Research presentations by staff in relevant areas.
Research presentations by visiting speakers in relevant areas.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: facilitate students’ understanding of ways in which their own practice may be researched through introducing key concepts and literature with opportunities for discussion and personal exemplification. Students have contact with external speakers who are experienced practitioner-researchers by way of exposing them to professional norms of research and presentation. 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Seminars.
Plenary sessions reflecting on visiting speaker presentations.
Guided reading and listening.
Tutorials.

Assessment Strategy

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


The ability to present a practice-related research topic in oral and written form LO1-6
Knowledge of the practice-based and intellectual context of their own work LO4-5
A professional approach to the academic presentation of research LO2-4, 6


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A 20-minute oral presentation illustrated with audiovisual resources and including an abstract. An additional 10 minutes is provided for questions
A 300-word artist’s statement in which students indicate the lineage of their practice and their artistic preoccupations
A 2000 word essay in which students can either extend the topic from the presentation of undertake further research in a related area


Formative assessment


5-minute practice presentation in week 7
Opportunity to submit drafts of their artist statements


Feedback


Class discussion
Written/oral feedback on practice presentations
University-standard written feedback on presentation and essay

Reading list

Reading list for RESEARCH TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/musm048

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Conducting) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Composition) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Creative Practice) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Performance) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.