15 credits at level HE4
This project-based module will help learners to develop research skills in an academic context and, more specifically, those appropriate for the performing arts. Equipped with these skills students should be able to pursue their interests more effectively, whether these are theoretical or practical, reflective, analytic or creative. Each student will have appropriate supervision for each particular project.
Identifying a suitable research topic, and an appropriate supervisor. Proposing, and developing, in consultation with the tutor, a research brief. Collecting, storing and organising research materials in an appropriate way for the project, demonstrating a grasp of IT for research purposes. Presenting the project in an appropriate form - this, typically, would be either a report, or a creative output (performance, script or both) together with a written commentary in narrative and analytic forms.
Initial class meetings will cover essential requirements of the module – kinds of research project envisaged, available research materials, use of databases, presentation options and techniques, role of the supervisor, scheduled tutorial times, deadlines, and others particular to the specific project. The module moves on to supported independent study, together with small group progress meetings and final presentations. The research itself will be carried out independently by the learner, with the supervisor available for consultation, and with scheduled tutorial meetings. The final project will be presented to a peer group (either orally or in performance) and the supervisor. It is likely, though not essential, that this module will be closely related to one of the programme’s practical modules, and could be closely interwoven with it, and this approach will be encouraged.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the need for research within the performing arts.||Select an appropriate research topic, and write a brief proposal.|
|2.||Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate methods of investigation of the research topic.||Use the selected research skills to produce a brief, outlining both the research methods and the significance of the research within performing arts.|
|3.||Use research to write (or otherwise create) a report (or other creative product) of relevance in the performing arts.||Present the results of the research In the form of a written report or oral presentation with accompanying summary or performance, with accompanying written commentary.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Portfolio component - Research Proposal (300-750 words)||Portfolio component - Research brief (500-1000 words)||Portfolio component - Presentation / report (length agreed with supervisor)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
University of Bolton Help Guides, written by David Rudd, will be invaluable. These include:
Cite Me, I’m Yours – Harvard Version
Cite Me, I’m Yours – Numeric Version
Report Writing: A Guide to Presentation and Style
Writing: the Basics.
These can be accessed online at www.bolton.ac.uk/learning
Anon (published annually)Writers and Artists Yearbook London: A & C Black
Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (2006) How to Research Milton Keynes: Open University press.
Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide Milton Keynes: Open university press.
Hoffman, A. (2003) Research for Writers London:A & C Black
Arts Research Digest (Arts Research: pub 3 times a year). [Vol 33 to date]
Theatre Research International (Camridge University Press: pub 3 times a year). [Vol 26 to date]
Journal of British Cinema and Television (Edinburgh University Press; pub twice a year). [2005-date]
Other reading will be tailored to the particular research project, and is likely to include archive collections and industry databases.
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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