Module code: TON3017

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MASON RD 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

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

• Level 4 Acoustics and Computer Audio Systems A & B • Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B • Level 4 Electronics and Audio Signal Processing A & B

Module overview

The module includes two aspects. The Literature Review is intended to give you experience in writing a literature review on a topic related to music informatics, the feedback on which will assist in writing the Dissertation. In addition, it will give you an opportunity to learn in detail about a specialised area of music informatics not normally covered in the remainder of the Programme. The Presentation gives you an opportunity to present this to the rest of the year so that fellow students can learn from your findings. The Dissertation is the culmination of the musical and technical components of the Programme, and will give you an opportunity to conduct research in a subject of your choosing related to music informatics to a depth not possible during other parts of the Programme.

Module aims

Introduce methods of academic research

Increase knowledge of a specialised area of engineering

increase skills in academic writing

Develop confidence in presenting ideas to other people

Enable research on a technical topic of your choosing

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Independently research a previously unfamiliar topic in a detailed manner KCT
Collate and discuss this research in a coherent form in a written literature review KCT
Clearly communicate a summary of your research in the form of a presentation KCPT
Clearly communicate a summary of your research in the form of a dissertation KCPT
Write an abstract C
Demonstrate your ability to search the published literature to obtain relevant references KC
Research and write a detailed and precise reference list C
Organise and structure a large-scale piece of written work employing an appropriate research methodology KCT
Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator KCP
Demonstrate significant scholarship in the area of your chosen subject C
Write a dissertation in an academically satisfactory yet readable way CPT
Demonstrate your propensity for postgraduate study C
Research skills T
Self-directed learning PT
Presentation skills PT
Problem solving T
Cogent written argumentation PT

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.
A plenary session where the content of the Literature Review will be agreed between you and the lecturer during Semester 1.
Lectures on academic research, writing style, structuring reports, presentation skills, listening test design, and statistical analysis.
The content of the Dissertation will be agreed between you and the module co-ordinator by the end of Week 8 of Semester 1.
Regular tutorials with your dissertation supervisor.

 The following topics will be covered in lectures:

Research methods
Technical writing skills
Presentation skills
Listening test design
Statistical analysis

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: foster your independent technical and research skills across both semesters. By separating the content of the literature review and the dissertation, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in two different topic areas. You will be supported in your independent work through structured guidance in research, technical writing and presentations, as well as one-on-one tutorials. You will learn from each other’s presentations and the subsequent question and answer sessions, delivered during seminars inSemester 2.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• Nine two-hour lectures in Semester 1

• Eight three-hour seminars in Semester 2

• Tutorial supervision of on average ½ hour per fortnight

• Coursework assignments and feedback



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate research skills in the form of a literature review, and technical writing and presentation skills in the form of a detailed dissertation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 – Literature Review and Presentation on a subject of your choosing. The literature review has a limit of 8 pages (addresses learning outcomes 1,2,5,6,7). The 20- 25 minute presentation will be on the topic of the Literature Review and will be delivered to the class (during semester 2) (addresses learning outcome 3).

•      Coursework 2 – Dissertation. A  research-based  dissertation on a  different topic from that of your Literature Review, with a guide length of 10,000 to 15,000 words (addresses learning outcomes 1,2,4-12).

Practical and summative assessment are designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialist subject. Within the coursework element, the Literature Review will account for a total of 25% of your mark for the module, and the Presentation will account for 5% of your mark for the module.

Formative  assessment

Formative feedback will  be given for  a Dissertation  progress  report  submitted  in  Semester  1 (with a word limit of 2,000 words). This must include:

A summary of the motivation for the dissertation
A list of research questions with appropriate justification
A brief summary of the literature review (answering some of the research questions)
An outline experiment plan (including an explanation of how it will answer the remaining research questions)
A time plan for the remainder of the dissertation
An outline of the chapter and section layout of the final dissertation Formative feedback will also be given to you as noted below.


You will receive written feedback on your Literature Review and verbal feedback from tutors and fellow students on your presentation. Verbal and/or written feedback will also be given through tutorial supervision throughout the year.

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ton3017

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)/BMus (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% 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.