Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON3013
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE3
Number of Credits:
45
Module Title:
PORTFOLIO OF RECORDINGS
Module Co-ordinator:
HAIGH C Mrs (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
22.5

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkRecording Techniques Seminar25
CourseworkPortfolio Of Work: A Compilation75

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Qualifying condition(s)

This module is core and will require you to pass every unit of assessment with a mark of at least 40%.

Module Overview

This module forms a one of the major specialisations of Level 3 and consists of two main components. You will have the opportunity to research a short paper on an aspect of operational audio engineering or sound recording of your choice, and to present this to the rest of the year so that your colleagues learn from your findings. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills as a recording engineer and present a compilation of the best of your recorded material.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

• Level 4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B
• Level 5 Recording Techniques

Module Aims

This module aims to:
 
• provide you with operational experience building on the previous parts of the course that is relevant to a career in the sound recording and broadcast industries
• provide an opportunity to develop individual areas of operational interest and expertise
• increase familiarity with, and understanding of, specialised areas of operational audio engineering and sound recording which are not normally covered in the formal lecture modules
• help you gain confidence in making formal presentations and answering questions on their ideas to small groups

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
 
1. Plan and manage a range of types of recording session (C, K, P, T)
2. Make recordings of a range of genres of music to a high standard (C, K, P)
3. Edit session recordings to a high standard to produce a CD master (C, K, P)
4. Assemble a compilation of a variety of musical styles applying good production standards. (C, K, P)
5. Research independently an operational topic and present ideas in a coherent form, either as a recorded documentary or as a presentation and as a written paper (C, K, T)
6. Ask and answer questions in subjects related to recording techniques and audio engineering (C, K,)
 
In addition, you will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:
 
• Research skills (T)
• Group work (T, P)
• Leadership skills (T, P)
• Time management (T, P)
• Person management (T, P)
• Problem solving (T, P)
• Self-directed learning (T, P)
• Presentation skills (K, T)
 
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/Practical skills

Module Content

The content  of the seminar  will be agreed  between  you and the module  co-ordinator  at the plenary sessions held during Semester 1.

The portfolio of recordings must contain:
• A large scale “classical” item recorded on location
• A classical item, edited and produced under studio session conditions.
• A multitracked “pop” recording.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your skills in audio recording and post-production techniques for the music recording and broadcast industries. It will also provide opportunities for discussion and debate.
 
The learning and teaching methods include:
 
• Two two-hour plenary sessions at the beginning of Semester 1.
• Eight two-hour seminars in Semester 2 during which each student will give a presentation on their paper topic or have their documentary played back.
• Three three-hour workshops run by visiting professionals.
• Eleven one hour listening sessions in small groups for formative feedback on recordings
 
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in recording and post-production skills in a variety of music genres; skills in researching, writing and presenting a paper or in researching, writing or making a documentary on an operational topic; and skills in answering questions on a technical topic in a coherent way.
 
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
 
• Coursework 1 – Recording Techniques Seminar. The first element of this coursework (20%) involves either writing a paper (3,000 words) or making a documentary 20-30 minutes in length. The second element of the Recording Techniques Seminar coursework (5%) is the presentation of the paper, or the public playback of the documentary followed by question and answer session of 15-20 minutes, in Semester 2 (addresses learning outcomes 5-6).
 
• Coursework 2 – Portfolio of Recordings: A compilation of recordings, total running time 25-35 mins minutes (addresses learning outcomes 1-4). 
 
Formative assessment
 
There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback
will be given to individual students in listening sessions, in tutorials during operational
workshops, and following their presentations or playback of their documentaries.
 
Feedback
 
Students will receive written feedback on their written paper or documentary, verbal feedback in
operational workshops and listening sessions, and verbal feedback on their portfolio of
recordings.

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in recording and post-production skills in a variety of music genres; skills in researching, writing and presenting a paper or in researching, writing or making a documentary on an operational topic; and skills in answering questions on a technical topic in a coherent way.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 – Recording Techniques Seminar. The first element of this coursework (20%) involves either writing a paper (3,000 words) or making a documentary 20-30 minutes in length. The second element of  the  Recording  Techniques  Seminar coursework (5%) is the presentation of the paper, or the public playback of the documentary followed by question and answer session of 15-20 minutes, in Semester 2 (addresses learning outcomes 5-6).

•      Coursework 2 – Portfolio of Recordings: A compilation of recordings, total running time 25-35 mins minutes (addresses learning outcomes 1-4).

 

Formative  assessment

 

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in listening sessions, in tutorials during operational workshops, and following their presentations or playback of their documentaries.

 

Feedback

Students will receive written feedback on their written paper or documentary, verbal feedback in operational workshops and listening sessions, and verbal feedback on their portfolio of recordings.

Reading List

TON3013: PORTFOLIO OF RECORDINGS

Last Updated

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