20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed to help learners acquire and practise key transferable skills and to address the University's NLE (New Learning Environment) requirements particularly in the areas of Effective Learning Skills and PDP (Personal Development Planning). The module delivers these key aims through the delivery of key technical skills that will form the bedrock of development in other modules throughout the course. The specific aims at Level One are:
1) to encourage students to develop and apply a well defined set of research, analysis and communication skills that will be revisited at subsequent levels of the course;
2) to foster commitment by getting students to reflect on their course from the outset in a personal development plan;
3) to develop skills in the core technology areas of image manipulation, concepting and documenting development of ideas.
Whilst similar to the Core Skills module used throughout UoB this module will endeavour to deliver these transferable skills through practical development and application of key sector specific technical skills used most frequently in the Creative Industries sector.
Learning Styles & PDP: Introduction to University’s defined set of Effective Learning Skills and the concepts of learner responsibility and independent study; practice in self-appraisal and goal-setting in relation to defined skills set via PDP; introduction to different learning styles; organisation of study time and time management techniques.
Information and Study Skills: Use of conventional and modern library functions; literature searches, including WWW; Harvard referencing; practise in notemaking, paraphrasing and summarising. Self and critical reflection, analysis and development of ideas. Report and Journal structure and implementation.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Standard format for laboratory, technical and design reports; consideration of alternative reporting and journal based formats for assignments and projects; familiarisation with generally recognised performance criteria for effective presentations; practise in planning and delivering a presentation; visual and non-verbal communication; practise in group work through structured activities; evaluation of group process and effectiveness.
ICT: Use of e-learning environment, forums, social networking, use of a presentational package e.g. PowerPoint. Use of shared documents and file storage systems for collaborative work. Introduction to Time and Project management techniques and software
Sector specific technical skills: Digital Asset file formats and conventions (image and video file formats, bit depths, colour representation and reproduction, 3D Geometry and Mesh formats). Image manipulation, Matte Painting, Perspective Drawing, 2.5D modelling technologies. Video camera use, ingest of footage and editing using a NLE (non-linear editor).
Group work: Group types, roles within teams, communication systems for teams.
This module is designed to be flexible: it can be delivered over one semester or as a “long and thin module” over two semesters. It will also be responsive to new learning and teaching initiatives in HE, in the University and from its host department of AMT.
As stated in the aims, this module is designed to meet the requirements of the University’s New Learning Environment particularly in the areas of key transferable skills and PDP so that in the early stages of their course, students are encouraged to become self-directed and effective learners. As also stated, it is recognised that the aims of this module will be reinforced and enriched through links with other modules at all levels of the course, and that the purpose of this module is to establish points of reference and good practice for further work. Where possible this will be achieved through the development of skills complementary to those used in other modules.
The delivery mode is 100% continuous assessment. There will be a number of lectures and tutorials, but the main emphasis will be learner-centred and practical and entail a combination of the following: guided self-learning materials; independent research; an activity and project-based assignment; discussions; group work and presentations.
The main assignment will identify research topics which reflect the student’s chosen pathway.
Lectures (14 x 2 hours) 28 hours
Tutorial Support (14 x 2 hours) 28 hours
Directed study 40 hours
Coursework and Assessment preparation 62 hours
Background reading 42 hours
Total 200 hours
Assessment pieces will take the form of a reflective research and development piece showing the process behind the creation of a digital artefact and a presentation.
The student, for the assignment, will identify an area of the effects industry that relates to their chosen career path. They will research that area and design and develop an artefact that could be used as part of the industrial workflow that they have identified. As an example; a student interested in prosthetics may choose to digitally manipulate an image to provide a concept design for a prosthetic they would like to develop. They will record their research, analyse the chosen workflow area and document the development of the artefact. A student will be expected to choose an area of the industry they are interested in working in and research the workflow of that role and related career paths. The final journal will document their research and report their findings. Through these artefacts they will demonstrate their understanding of the skills/techniques and knowledge of their chosen area.
Outside the major assignment students will work collaboratively as part of a group to develop several video shots . Each student will have to provide a section of the final video which must meet the requirements of a provided brief. Example briefs for this could include: Develop several landscape background shots for a proposed scene or integrate several models of items for an interior shot. The presentation will be a group presentation on the development of the chosen shots.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Show progress in your ability to:
Locate, select, manipulate and communicate information in an academic and self-directed way, using a range of conventional and modern library functions.
1) Cite and reference using the Harvard system.
2) Conduct a literature search, to include web searches.
3) Research a topic on an individual and group basis.
4) Communicate findings via report and presentation.
|2.||Recognise and employ alternative learning approaches, plus conduct self-appraisal in relation to given skills set and identify targets for achievement at Level One.||1) Produce an artefact in the chosen field using appropriate ICT.|
|3.||Convey subject comprehension in a range of communication situations and use IT to clarify and enhance message.||
1) Comprehend what constitutes a technical report and journal.
2) Devise alternative reporting formats appropriate to task and demonstrate an analytical approach to structuring a document.
3) Plan and deliver a well-structured and informative presentation using appropriate ICT e.g. PowerPoint.
4) Demonstrate general competence in use of word-processing and presentational packages.
|4.||Work as part of a team and employ effective time management techniques.||
1) Make a positive contribution in group and team activities and monitor group process and effectiveness.
2) Achieve group task by allocating and fulfilling individual responsibilities.
3) Work to deadlines during structured activities and projects.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An artefact highlighting an area of the student’s chosen workflow and a report/journal that documents the development and research into the process||Team Presentation on group project artefact (student videos)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Pears, R 2010, Cite them right: The essential referencing guide, 8th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, London
Cottrell, S 2010, Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, London
Adobe Creative Team, 2010, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book, Adobe, California
Adobe Creative Team, 2010, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book, Adobe, California
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