Module code: THE2020

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 146

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PROJECT 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module enables students to conduct significant independent study, supported by a supervisor and resulting in either written or part written/part practical outcomes. The work may be entirely individual project (a personal research project) or students may work together on a project, with each student having particular responsibility. Examples of group projects would be collaborative work with staff/students in Children’s Nursing, outreach activities, workplace projects, or academic research on specialist areas. Students will need to identify and document their learning through the module, working with a mentor and supervisor (these may be the same, based on the project).

Module aims

Enable students to identify and apply principles, skills and techniques relevant to creating projects for particular contexts (academic/workplace)

Enable students to identify and monitor opportunities for specific, independent learning in a particular project

Enable students to develop cognitive and social skills to support their development; and to discover strategies for professional conduct in specific contexts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Identify and apply principles, skills and techniques in a specific context KCPT
Apply appropriate working modes to a particularly professional contexts KCPT
Identify specific cognitive and social skills, and apply these to new contexts KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Students will meet with a mentor/supervisor (these may be the same/different depending on the project, the supervisor would be attached to the University). In discussion with advisor(s), students will develop an appropriate workplan, with clear dates for:

formative review

The module will be expected to address the contribution of the project to the context and summarise the findings of the work. Subject to agreement by the Director of Studies, the module may be taken internationally and may occur outside usual timetabling practices. Students may be required to take a series of lectures/classes/seminars at or ourside the University as part of their learning, or to meet with individuals/organisations who may be relevant to the project.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to prepare students to locate themselves as independent researchers within an existing academic field. The module will enable students to demonstrate methodologies, methods and strategies for effective research, and time and opportunity to try particular approaches in a project. A supervisor, who will monitor the students’ emerging work, will support students. Staff will be able to comment in person and on draft material.

The learning and teaching methods include:

4 hours tutorials (this may include supervision of practical sessions if the work will include a practical component).
Where feasible and appropriate, the convenor may also schedule compulsory seminars (indicatively: 3x 2-hour seminars)

Assessment Strategy

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

identification of a specific research area and question
assessment of existing research in the field
skills of forming, articulating, securing and sustaining an approach to a research topic


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of either:

A) A Written Project: Written element =  100%    (3000 words)


B) A Part-Written /  Part-Practical Project: Written element = 75%  (2250 words) and  Practical element = 25%   (see performance and presentations timings information)


C) A Part-Written /  Part-Practical Project: Written element = 50%  (1500 words) and Practical element = 50%  (see performance and presentations timings information).


Formative assessment and feedback

Supervisors will advise on the development of the project and feedback on a draft copy, or sections of draft material

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional 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.