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 informed and 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 and television programmes and a selection of media theories, debates and critical perspectives with which to interrogate them. The module will focus on developing student’s understanding of how critical and cultural debates impact upon media aesthetics. To complement discipline-specific studies, this module aims to provide 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 of academic reference. This module is assessed by 100% coursework. Centred on the study of selected film or television programmes, students will be required to undertake two assessed pieces of work including an academic essay of between 3,000-3,500 words.Key Information1.Film and Television Cultures and Aesthetics will be delivered by a lecture, seminar, screening and tutorial series. All students will attend a lecture, and then split into groups for an hour of seminar activity. Any remaining timetabled hours outside of this should be utilised as part of directed or independent study time. Contact Time: All students are expected to attend lectures, seminars and screenings. All classes will be on Monday mornings in LC108 in the Wright Building from 9-1 pm. All students will attend lectures and screenings together in one session and will be split into seminar groups of one hour in subsequent weeks. The seminars will be student-led and will consist of small groups who will take the initiative for organising the session. Please take note of the module delivery plan for details of when lectures and seminars are to be held. Seminar groups will be posted on StudyNet under Module 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 the module leader before the lecture to inform them. If you have any extenuating circumstance that requires 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 might consist of a study folder, project, report or close textual analysis and will include one formal academic essay. Assessment rationale: All the coursework relating to this module is subject to assessment based on the fulfilment of the Module Aims, as shown by the student's ability to demonstrate the Learning Outcomes appropriate to this level of study.The student need not pass all assignments to complete the module, as their performance across both 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' own responsibility to take their own notes during classes and to undertake the required reading in their own study time in preparation for the seminars and assignments. It is essential for students to research and prepare independently as the lectures, seminars and screenings form only part of therequired study for this module. Students who engage thoroughly with independent study are likely to be more successful on the module. Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17 page 1 of 12
Students with a disability must ensure they are registered as such with the course registrar, before the end of the module (and preferably at the start of the module) to ensure they received the support 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 must ensure that they check their own UH email account on a daily basis. Staff will not be able to send emails to personal external email accounts.Students are expected to do all necessary essential reading, a comprehensive reading list will be provided on StudyNet. PLEASE NOTE: There will be WEEKLY set texts that you are required to read before seminars. These readings will not only structure the seminar discussions but will form the basis of the first assignment and inform your final essay assignment at the end of the year. Students are expected to view all 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 to undertake 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 2 days after the deadline for the coursework affected.Please read the Guidance within the School’s STUDENT/PROGRAMMES HANDBOOK for further information 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 opportunity for 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’. Applications should be made to the committee at least two weeks before the start of a project. Approved application will receive a protocol number and this should be submitted as part of the module submission. If students undertake work that involves human subjects without the prior approval of the ethics committee they may incur an academic penalty. Guidance on how to make an application is contained 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. The handbook provides information concerning many aspects of study, inc. how to submit your coursework, how your work will be marked, late work, serious adverse circumstances, key contacts for support, etc. The Handbook is available on line with a full search facility, HERE.http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17 page 2 of 12
3.Module Aims: (taken directly from the DMD)AimsTo develop critical insight into a range of Film and Television practices and debates and locate their own practice within a wider cultural context.To understand how cultural, aesthetic, theoretical, social, economic and professional forces may inform 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 practices and the cultural, commercial, professional and institutional forces that shape them.2.Have knowledge and understanding of some of the histories, theories and critical issues and debates that inform recent and contemporary Film and Television practices.3.Have knowledge and understanding of some of the ways in which critical and cultural issues can 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 in response to set briefs or self initiated study.5.Develop further skills in critical analysis including an ability to identify appropriate questions for enquiry; formulate independent judgments; articulate reasoned arguments; and respond to the critical views of others.6.Manage the processes of enquiry using a variety of resources to gather material, evaluate sources and experiences, document findings and develop a line of reasoning supported by evidence.7.Communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual forms with due consideration for register,vocabulary and academic conventions of reference.Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17 page 3 of 12
Assessment Details:The student need not pass all assignments to complete the module, as their performance across both assignments 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 AssessedAnonymous Assessment?2. Essay60%CW23 March 20171-7NOTE: The University has a policy that where possible, all summative student work should be submitted and marked anonymously (ie. tutors will not know the identity of the student at the point of assessment). However there are published exceptions to this policy for specific kinds of coursework and, given the particular nature of staff-student working and assessment methods within our School, it is recognised that it will not often be possible to mark all work anonymously in a fair or meaningful way. With the exception of those assessments ticked above (if any) - it is judged that the assessment within this module is covered by the University’s exemptions (and will therefore NOT be anonymously marked).NOTE: Tutors will refer to SCHOOL-LEVEL GRADING CRITERIA when assessing your work and determining an appropriate mark to award. You can see the School-Level Grading Criteria HERE< 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 you are expected to read the weekly ‘required reading’ (emboldened and marked with two asterisks). These readings must be completed before class and will form the basis of the seminar discussions as well as the first assignment. Every attempt has been made to provide electronic reading, and all of the essential reading is available either as an electronic resource or has been uploaded to StudyNet under ‘Teaching Resources’ but in some cases only printed books are available at De Havilland campus. Where reading is deemed essential and is only in printed form, the relevant chapter will be uploaded to StudyNet. This is indicated in the reading list.Creative Arts Module Guide 2016/17 page 4 of 12
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