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MUSI6032 Research Skills 2

Module Overview

This module will bring the general skills learned in Research Skills 1 to bear on the preparation of an individual research project. You will also assemble a significant portion of your MMus dissertation materials prior to writing up. This module consists of a programme of individually supervised research leading towards the dissertation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• bring the general skills learned in Research Skills 1 to bear on the preparation of an individual research project • assemble a significant portion of your MMus dissertation materials prior to writing up

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • primary and secondary sources related to your MMus dissertation topic
  • modes of analysis and criticism appropriate to your material
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • initiate and plan a large-scale independent research project
  • collate and manage information from a variety of sources and media
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use online music bibliographical and discographical aids such as RILM and Music Index to generate music bibliography in relation to your topic
  • use printed music bibliographical aids (eg RISM) to locate sources and generate bibliography in relation to your topic
  • present your work in progress to a specialist audience in oral and written forms
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate the usefulness of primary and secondary source material in relation to your dissertation topic
  • judge the appropriateness of a variety of critical and analytical approaches to your topic
  • synthesise existing material on your chosen topic and formulate your own approach toward it

Syllabus

This module consists of a programme of individually supervised research leading towards the dissertation. You will be assigned a supervisor, based on subject expertise, with whom you will meet fortnightly to shape the dissertation topic and form a plan for research. By the end of this module, you will have completed a literature survey appropriate to the chosen topic; devised a personal analytical or critical approach towards it; constructed a chapter plan for the project; and begun to draft material in preparation for the period of intensive writing-up leading to the final submission.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • individual tutorials Learning activities include • individual study • accessing online resources, using research libraries or conducting fieldwork as appropriate to the topic • preparing an oral presentation of work in progress Assessment for this module is intended to structure individual tutorial sessions throughout the semester by providing you with a set of intermediate goals for the dissertation. Elements of the assessment are an oral presentation (40%) and a portfolio of written material (60%). Within the portfolio of written material, you should include a chapter outline (20%) and draft section or chapter (40%). Each student will be assigned a 30-minute slot for an oral presentation of work in progress. The formal presentation should last 20 minutes, allowing a further 5-10 minutes for questions. The presentation should clarify the subject, scope, research questions, research context, methods, preliminary results, and likely conclusions of the dissertation. Put another way, you should aim to cover: what your topic is; why you think it is interesting or important; how you have decided to approach the topic and what work you have already completed; what problems, if any, you have encountered, or expect to encounter, and how you have adapted your approach to resolve them; what work you plan to do before the final stage of writing; and what you think the general shape and conclusions of the dissertation are likely to be, based on what you’ve done so far. The chapter outline should consist of a preliminary list of chapter and section headings and sub-headings, if appropriate, with explanation of their planned content. The draft section or chapter should represent a portion of your dissertation in draft, as agreed with your supervisor. Depending on your topic, it may consist of transcriptions or analyses as well as draft sections of prose, notes towards an interpretation, or a combination of these elements. The total length of the draft material should not exceed 2000 words (drafts including transcriptions or sample analyses may be significantly shorter). The material need not be highly polished, elegantly written or perfectly formatted, and it should not be a section of your dissertation written up exactly as it will appear in the final version. Rather, it should be evidence of work in progress to support the account you provide in your oral presentation. The assessors will be looking for evidence that you have made significant progress towards defining and shaping your topic, and that the rough outlines of your dissertation are starting to emerge.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Trevor Herbert (2001). Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing About Music. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? tutor comments on draft material (including chapter outlines, working bibliographies and plans for oral presentations)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  (20 minutes) 40%
Written assignment  (2000 words) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: MUSI6031 Research Skills 1 2016-17

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