FT2DIS-Part 2 Dissertation

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FT2P2 Practical Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Simone Knox

Email: s.knox@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module represents a major piece of independently researched written work, and may be offered in place of the practical strand (Creative Practice + Practical Project) at Part 2.

The module aims to test the student's ability to apply accumulated skills and knowledge to an area of individual interest in an extended essay on a topic not directly taught on the course, and which is initiated and developed independently but under supervision.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students it is expected that students will be able to: define a feasible project on an area of film/theatre/television; survey the existing literature in the field and develop a bibliography; develop under supervision an appropriate structure for their essay; draw on relevant critical/theoretical frameworks encountered elsewhere on the course; employ skills of research, organisation, presentation and analysis; demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the chosen field and the relevant critical approaches; develop a coherent analysis of the selected material which demonstrates the ability to analyse textual detail, to relate detail to wider textual systems and to take account of relevant contexts; effectively communicate an argument in clear and accurate prose.

Additional outcomes:
The module has an important role for students taking an entirely critical second year, in the development of skills and competencies associated with critical argument and academic writing: appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument; undertaking increasingly independent work; presentation of written work (and possibly graphics and data) using IT; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis of film, TV and/or theatre texts. Tutorial work also encourages the further development of oral communication skills and the ability to present and defend ideas in one-to-one discussion.

Outline content:
Students will plan, research and write a dissertation of 8,000 words on a topic in film, theatre, television, or a combination of these. During the latter part of the Autumn Term students will meet with their supervisors, identify the nature of their intended project and under supervision will develop a bibliography and detailed plans for the structure and approach of their dissertation. During the Spring Term drafts of chapters will be discussed in tutorials and the completed dissertation will be submitted part way through the Summer Term.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
From the second half of the autumn term to near the point of submission students will meet regularly with their supervisor. Emphasis in supervision will be on the development of a project which is appropriate in scale, achievable within readily available resources and informed by clear critical objectives. Supervisors may read and comment on draft sections of the dissertation but may not comment on the work in its entirety in draft form.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2 4 2
External visits 10 10
Guided independent study 88 86 98
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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