Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON3017
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE3
Number of Credits:
45
Module Title:
DISSERTATION
Module Co-ordinator:
MASON RD Dr (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
22.5

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkLiterature Review And Presentation30
CourseworkDissertation70

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

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.

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 Aims

 This module aims to:

  • introduce methods of academic research
  • increase knowledge of a specialised area of music informatics
  • increase skills in academic writing
  • develop confidence in presenting ideas to other people
  • enable research on a creative/artistic topic of your choosing

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Independently research a previously unfamiliar topic in a detailed manner (C, K, T)
  • Collate and discuss this research in a coherent form in a written literature review (C, K, T)
  • Clearly communicate a summary of your research in the form of a dissertation (C, K, T, P)
  • Write an abstract (C)
  • Demonstrate your ability to search the published literature to obtain relevant references (C, K)
  • 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 (C, K, T)
  • Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator (C, K, P)
  • Demonstrate significant scholarship in the area of your chosen subject (C)
  • Write a dissertation in an academically satisfactory yet readable way (C, T, P)
  • Demonstrate your propensity for postgraduate study (C)

 In addition, students will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:

  • Research skills (T)
  • Self-directed learning (T, P)
  • Presentation skills (T, P)
  • Problem solving (T)
  • Cogent written argumentation (T, P)

 Key: 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
 
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.
 
Feedback
 
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.

 

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.

 

Feedback

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

TON3017: DISSERTATION

Last Updated

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