Assignment | Innovative Production in Film and Television

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Introduction to the moduleThis module aims to encourage students to see contextual studies as a vital tool to develop well informedand innovative production practice in Film and Television. A programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials andscreenings provides students with the opportunity to encounter a wide range of international film andtelevision programmes and a selection of media theories, debates and critical perspectives with which tointerrogate them. The module will focus on developing student’s understanding of how critical and culturaldebates impact upon media aesthetics. To complement discipline-specific studies, this module aims toprovide students with a repertoire of study skills of research and enquiry, skills in visual and critical analysisof both artefacts and ideas and communications skills in written and verbal forms including the protocols ofacademic reference.This module is assessed by 100% coursework. Centred on the study of selected film or televisionprogrammes, students will be required to undertake two assessed pieces of work including an academicessay of between 3,000-3,500 words.Key Information1.Film and Television Cultures and Aestheticswill be delivered by a lecture, seminar, screeningand tutorial series. All students will attend a lecture, and then split into groups for an hour ofseminar activity. Any remaining timetabled hours outside of this should be utilised as part ofdirected or independent study time.Contact Time:All students are expected to attend lectures, seminars and screenings. All classeswill be on Monday mornings in LC108 in the Wright Building from 9-1 pm. All students will attendlectures and screenings together in one session and will be split into seminar groups of one hour insubsequent weeks. The seminars will be student-led and will consist of small groups who will takethe initiative for organising the session. Please take note of the module delivery plan for details ofwhen lectures and seminars are to be held. Seminar groups will be posted on StudyNet underModule Information.The module leader will be available for drop-in tutorials on a weekly basis on Tuesday morning from9.45-10.45 in the Gallery Café.2.Requirements / Support / Resources:Attendance:Full attendance is expected to all lectures, as failure to do so will seriously affect yourability to pass this module. If you are unable to attend, for any reason, then you must email themodule leader before the lecture to inform them. If you have any extenuating circumstance thatrequires you to miss a lecture, then a written letter must be provided to the module leader as proof.Assessment:Assessment Pattern: 40% Semester A and 60% Semester B. Typically this mightconsist of a study folder, project, report or close textual analysis and will include one formalacademic essay.Assessment rationale:All the coursework relating to this module is subject to assessment basedon the fulfilment of the Module Aims, as shown by the student's ability to demonstrate the LearningOutcomes appropriate to this level of study.The student need not pass all assignments to complete the module, as their performance acrossboth assignments will be aggregated to determine the overall module grade.An accumulated grade of at least 40% across the module is required to pass.Support:This module is supported by additional material on StudyNet. It is the students' ownresponsibility to take their own notes during classes and to undertake the required reading in theirown study timein preparation for the seminars and assignments. It isessentialfor students toresearch and prepare independently as the lectures, seminars and screenings formonly partof therequired study for this module. Students who engage thoroughly with independent study are likelyto be more successful on the module.Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17page1of12
Students with a disability must ensure they are registered as such with the course registrar, beforethe end of the module (and preferably at the start of the module) to ensure they received thesupport they require. For assistance with this, speak to your year tutor or to the module tutor.Module staff may, from time-to-time provide information about the module via email. Students mustensure that they check their own UH email account on a daily basis. Staff will not be able to sendemails to personal external email accounts.Students are expected to doall necessary essential reading, a comprehensive reading list will beprovided on StudyNet.PLEASE NOTE: There will be WEEKLY set texts that you are required toread before seminars. These readings will not only structure the seminar discussions but will formthe basis of the first assignment and inform your final essay assignment at the end of the year.Students are expected to viewall essential screenings.The DMD for this course will be available on StudyNet under Teaching Resources.IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ALL UH MODULES:A)Any student who submits work for assessment deems themselves to be sufficiently fit and well toundertake that assessment - students may NOT later claim to have serious adverse circumstances inrespect of the assessment. Serious Adverse Circumstance forms must be submitted no later than 2days after the deadline for the coursework affected.Please read the Guidance within the School’s STUDENT/PROGRAMMES HANDBOOK for furtherinformation regarding Serious Adverse Circumstances,HERE.http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/toolkit/9-3-serious-adverse-circumstances/B)Students with an overall Module Numeric Grade below 20% will likely not be offered the opportunityfor a referral in a failed module. Thus attendance and engagement in all aspects of Teaching,Learning and Assessment are essential to ensure successful completion of any module.C)The Ethics Committee must approve ALL coursework that involves ‘human participants’. Applicationsshould be made to the committee at least two weeks before the start of a project. Approvedapplication will receive a protocol number and this should be submitted as part of the modulesubmission.If students undertake work that involves human subjects without the prior approval of the ethicscommittee they may incur an academic penalty. Guidance on how to make an application iscontained in the School’s STUDENT/PROGRAMMES HANDBOOK,HERE.http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/toolkit/5-ethics/D)All students are advised to read the School’s STUDENT/PROGRAMMES HANDBOOK. Thehandbook provides information concerning many aspects of study, inc. how to submit yourcoursework, how your work will be marked, late work, serious adverse circumstances, key contactsfor support, etc. The Handbook is available on line with a full search facility,HERE.http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17page2of12
3.Module Aims:(taken directly from the DMD)AimsTo develop critical insight into a range of Film and Television practices and debates and locate theirown practice within a wider cultural context.To understand how cultural, aesthetic, theoretical, social, economic and professional forces mayinform contemporary practice and use those insights to reflect upon student’s own practice.To extend study and enquiry skills, evaluating sources and experiences.To develop skills in critical analysis which inform their discipline practice.To communicate ideas clearly in a variety of forms using the conventions of academic reference.4.Module Learning Outcomes:(taken directly from the DMD, a numbered list)Ref.Knowledge and Understanding: (Successful students will typically...)1.Have knowledge and understanding of recent and contemporary Film and Television practicesand the cultural, commercial, professional and institutional forces that shape them.2.Have knowledge and understanding of some of the histories, theories and critical issues anddebates that inform recent and contemporary Film and Television practices.3.Have knowledge and understanding of some of the ways in which critical and cultural issuescan be used as a tool to interrogate and develop their own practice.Ref.Skills and Attributes: (Successful students will typically...)4.Be able to study in a self-reliant manner by setting goals, managing their own learning,coordinating workloads, attending scheduled teaching sessions and meeting deadlines inresponse to set briefs or self initiated study.5.Develop further skills in critical analysis including an ability to identify appropriate questions forenquiry; formulate independent judgments; articulate reasoned arguments; and respond to thecritical views of others.6.Manage the processes of enquiry using a variety of resources to gather material, evaluatesources and experiences, document findings and develop a line of reasoning supported byevidence.7.Communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual forms with due consideration for register,vocabulary and academic conventions of reference.Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17page3of12
Assessment Details:The student need not pass all assignments to complete the module, as their performance across bothassignments will be aggregated to determine the overall module grade.An accumulated grade of at least 40% across the module is required to pass.AssignmentTitleWeighting% of totalTypeDeadlineLearning Outcomes AssessedAnonymousAssessment?2. Essay60%CW23 March20171-7NOTE:The University has a policy that where possible, all summative student work should be submitted and markedanonymously (ie. tutors will not know the identity of the student at the point of assessment). However there arepublished exceptions to this policy for specific kinds of coursework and, given the particular nature of staff-studentworking and assessment methods within our School, it is recognised that it will not often be possible to mark all workanonymously in a fair or meaningful way. With theexceptionof those assessments ticked above (if any) - it is judgedthat the assessment within this module is covered by the University’s exemptions (and will therefore NOT beanonymously marked).NOTE:Tutors will refer to SCHOOL-LEVEL GRADING CRITERIA when assessing your work and determining anappropriate mark to award. You can see the School-Level Grading CriteriaHERE<http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/toolkit/school-level-grading-criteria/>10.Additional InformationReading List Film and TV Cultures and Aesthetics 2015-16All electronic resources must be accessed via Voyager. Sign in to Athens resources and click on the link.This is a comprehensive reading list. While students are not expected to read everything on the list youare expected to read the weekly ‘required reading’ (emboldened and marked with two asterisks). Thesereadingsmust becompleted before class and will form the basis of the seminar discussions as well as thefirst assignment.Every attempt has been made to provide electronic reading, and all of the essential reading is availableeither as an electronic resource or has been uploaded to StudyNet under ‘Teaching Resources’ but insome cases only printed books are available at De Havilland campus. Where reading is deemed essentialand is only in printed form, the relevant chapter will be uploaded to StudyNet. This is indicated in thereading list.Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17page4of12