Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkCoursework - Composition Portfolio80
CourseworkOral Presentation20

Alternative Assessment


Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This module seeks to advance individual compositional practice in a wide range of genres to a professional level.


MUS2035 (Composition 2A) or MUS2036 (Composition 2B) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Co-ordinator.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Develop professionalism in approach to and quality of work.
  • Develop flexibility and imaginative responsiveness to creative challenge.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Create compositions of a professional standard. P
  2. Produce idiomatic work across a variety of styles and/or contexts. P T
  3. Show awareness of relevant compositional practice and contextualize your work accordingly. C K
  4. Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice. C K T
  5. Have an improved understanding of theoretical concepts relating to compositional practice. C K P
  6. Have an improved set of instrumental, technological and production skills. P T
  7. Improve your listening skills, and the understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles. T P
  8. Develop a critical attitude towards the sources of knowledge you draw on during your studies and learn how to manage the information they contain in order to meet the demands of your assignments. C T
  9. Develop the ability to present and communicate pertinent aspects in the field. T P

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:

  • Idiomatic composition for solo instruments.
  • Writing for ensemble.
  • Integration of electronics.
  • Notation for contemporary music.
  • Compositional methodology.
  • Content related to student work.
  • Presentation and discussion of student work.

Module content addressing

  1. instruments & idioms
  2. particular artists/genres and
  3. broadly applicable compositional techniques

Methods of Teaching/Learning

  •  Lectures.
  •  Seminars.
  •  Tutorials.
  •  Workshops.
  •  Guided reading and listening.
  •  Responding to questions in class.
  •  Preparing and giving class presentations.
  •  Producing a portfolio of research material and an accompanying composition.
  •  Producing a portfolio of individual compositional work.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their compositional skills through engagement with contemporary compositional techniques, theories and awareness of relevant creative practice.

The formative assessment and feedback for this module consists of:

  • Weekly compositional exercises exploring particular techniques
  • Feedback from performers in workshops

Summative assessment for this module includes

  • An oral presentation (worth 20% of the final grade) no longer than 10 minutes, detailing some aspect of the student’s work, or of a relevant artist or piece(s). This is assessed on communication, knowledge and contextualisation. (Learning outcomes 3-9)
  • A portfolio of 3 works (total duration 5-16 minutes), with scores, audio realisation and a commentary of up to 1500 words. The portfolio is assessed on theoretical knowledge of the module concepts, idiomatic, imaginative and effective musical application of module concepts, contextualisation and reflection of creative practice, score and commentary presentation and writing style, and idiomatic realization of the works (Learning outcomes 1-8). The portfolio is worth 80% of the final grade.

Detailed feedback on the presentation and portfolio is given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in order to enhance continuing compositional practice.

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:22

Reading List


Last Updated

04 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)