Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkCoursework: Essay (3000 Words)100

Alternative Assessment


Qualifying Condition(s)

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

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to acquire knowledge of approaches to research, discussion, and writing about popular music at FHEQ level 4. This is pursued through the study of a single album or group of tracks and its/their various contexts. The module provides a foundation for the study of popular music at FHEQ 5 and 6.


Non for Music and Tonmeister students.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Acquire knowledge of approaches to the cultural and technical understanding of popular music.
  • Acquire skills and confidence in discussing popular music in oral and written form to a level suitable for further study at FHEQ level 4.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the main cultural and technical issues identified regarding the album of tracks examined in the module. (C, K, T)
  2. Undertake the research required to complete the coursework essay. (C, T)
  3. Construct a cogent argument in written form. (C, K, T)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to access physical and online research resources in the library and through the library webpage. (P, T)
  5. Cite and reference the work of others correctly. (P, T)
  6. Compile a bibliography following departmental guidelines. (P, T)

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

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

  • Ways in which understanding popular music might be different from understanding music from the Western Classical tradition.
  • The relationship between lyrics and music in popular genres.
  • Selection of appropriate approaches for the study of popular music tracks.
  • Examination of a selected album using a variety of approaches.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop awareness of some of the intellectual means by which understanding of popular music is sought and achieved, and to develop the ability to employ some of these means to inform discussion of the selected track(s). This will involve directed reading and listening, class discussion, and the formation of critical responses to secondary literature in the coursework essay. The strategy will also reinforce techniques and styles of academic writing and analysis introduced in the Semester 1 modules Encountering Music History and Music Project 1A that are critical to student success in FHEQ levels 5 and 6.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, incorporating class discussions as appropriate (2 hours per week x 11 weeks)
  • Tutorials
  • Guided reading and listening
  • Use of SurreyLearn

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding academic study of music through engagement with selected work(s) and their contexts.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A coursework essay with a maximum length of 3000 words (100%), to be submitted by the Monday of week 12. (Addresses learning outcomes 1–6.)

Formative assessment

An essay plan and bibliography, to be submitted by the Monday of week 7.


Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of both the submission of the formative and summative assessment.

Verbal feedback will be given to contributions during class discussions as well as individual tutorials on coursework essay plans.

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:22

Reading List


Last Updated

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