20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed to promote and reflect upon the package of skills needed to successfully undertake the FMS degree. Skills include those around research; attaining an appropriate scholarly register in oral and written work; deciphering briefs; revising and editing work; managing workloads; understanding context, and other elements of good academic practice in textually-based critical disciplines. The balance and relationship involved in managing and deploying secondary critical materials with respect to one's own textual analysis will be highlighted. The intention is to promote good practice and to show how students can master conventions that will help to develop in them an effective but also personal critical/academic "voice".
1. General Introduction; Understanding and responding to assessment briefs; Planning
2. Essay Writing and Construction; Expression and Tone; Argument building, defence and evidence
3. Research Skills; Oral Presentation Skills; Scholarly Apparatus
4. Critical Approaches
5. Macro-readings vs Micro-readings
6. The Problem of Plagiarism; Peer marking
7. History and Analysis
8. Reading Texts Contextually
9. Good Working Practices
1. Annotated Bibliography (20%)
2. Critical Essay 2500 words (50%)
3. Group Workshop (30%)
Learning will be by lecture, seminar and workshop (28 hours) and independent study (172 hours approx).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the importance of appropriate and coherent use of English in essay construction||Construct an appropriately structured and clearly expressed formal essay|
|2.||Be able to relate research principles to the achievement of independent, scholarly analysis||Execute a piece of work that shows contextual understanding of this relationship|
|3.||Have a knowledge of conventions of using appropriate scholarly apparatus and the reasons for doing so||Submit a fully referenced annotated bibliography|
|4.||Appreciate the existence of a variety of different approaches to a given subject||Demonstrate the ability to select and deploy the most relevant approach to a given question|
|5.||Experience group discussion as a vital part of the learning process||Discuss your ideas orally in a non-intimidating group format|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Annotated Bibiography (10 items)||Critical Essay (2500 words)||Group Workshop (individual contribution no less than 10 mins)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Clark, V., Baker, J., Lewis, E. (2002) Key concepts and skills for media studies. London: Hodder & Stoughton
Corrigan, T. (1998) A Short Guide to Writing About Film: 3rd Ed. New York: Harlow, Longman
Corrigan, T., White, P. (2004) The Film Experience: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cottrell, S. (2000) The Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Cottrell, S. (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Hill, J., Church Gibson, P. (2000) Film Studies: critical approaches. Oxford: OUP
Jancovich, M. (1992) Horror. London: B.T. Batsford
Newman, J. (2002) Reading Films: Key Concepts for Analysing Film and Television. London: BFI Education
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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