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Independent Dissertation Project - TFT00044H

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Love-Smith
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

You will write a dissertation of no more than 12 000 words researching a topic of your own choice. You may write on a topic which is grounded in any of the disciplines you have studied on the course, including one that involves a dialogue between disciplines, e.g. acting techniques. This project affords you the opportunity to shape and execute a project which reflects your own interests. It demands of you an ambitious and potentially innovative use of the research skills you have acquired during your BA studies. It is also designed to stretch and consolidate your command of those skills.

The module will include a taught component that explores the methodological tools, techniques and processes relevant to particular types of research. Students will then develop their ideas and approaches in seminars that will take place in Term 8. Having developed a viable project outline, students will be allocated a supervisor with whom they will meet at up to four half-hour sessions in Terms 8 and 9.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Students will research a topic of their own choosing, under the supervision of a member of staff, and write a dissertation on that topic.

The module gives students the opportunity to devise, and execute, an independent project of ambition and character.

The module will enhance students’ use and command of the knowledge, research and analytical skills that they have acquired during previous modules in a context where, although supported by supervisorial guidance, they have the chance to create their own agendas and devise apt methods to carry them out.

Module learning outcomes

You will be able to:

- work independently on a substantial research project involving the use of appropriate research techniques and methodologies

- demonstrate their ability to complete an independent project of their own devising which builds upon the teaching of the preceding terms

- identify, access and utilise appropriate research materials from archives, libraries and other sources relevant to the project under supervisory guidance

- identify a topic and formulate appropriate research questions relevant to this topic in the creation of a project

- address a specific research question through the deployment of appropriate critical, analytical, creative and/or technical activities and techniques

- compose a substantial piece of writing that is logically structured, clearly written, and well argued

- construct a full bibliography of sources according to standard form

Module content

You will write a dissertation of no more than 12,000 words researching a topic of your own choice. You may write on a topic which is grounded in any of the disciplines you have studied on the course, including one that involves a dialogue between disciplines, e.g. acting techniques. This project affords you the opportunity to shape and execute a project which reflects your own interests. It demands of you an ambitious and potentially innovative use of the research skills you have acquired during your BA studies. It is also designed to stretch and consolidate your command of those skills.

The module will include a taught component that explores the methodological tools, techniques and processes relevant to particular types of research. Students will then develop their ideas and approaches in seminars that will take place in Term 8. Having developed a viable project outline, students will be allocated a supervisor with whom they will meet at up to four half-hour sessions in Terms 8 and 9.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
12000 Word Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Formative feedback will be given for formative assessments and also in supervisions.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
12000 Word Dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on all assessments and reassessments.

Indicative reading

There are no key texts as each project will bring its own thematic focus. Students will receive information on general material available on approaching dissertations.



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