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MUSI6047 Preparation for Final Project

Module Overview

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

Aims and Objectives

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 Final Project topic
  • modes of analysis and criticism appropriate to your material
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 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
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
  • summarise, present and illustrate your work through an oral presentation
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


This module consists of a programme of individually supervised research leading towards the Final Project. You will be assigned a supervisor, based on subject expertise, with whom you will meet on a regular basis to shape the topic of your Final Project 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 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 Final Project. Elements of the assessment are an oral presentation (40%) and a portfolio of written material (60%). Each student will be assigned a 20-minute slot for an oral presentation of work in progress. The formal presentation should last 10 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 your Final Project.

Independent Study138
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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


Assessment Strategy

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


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are responsible to cover the costs incurred in printing and photocopying material. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.


You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.


Students can decide to purchase some of the textbooks and scores used during this module, even though most of them will be available also in the library

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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