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Postgraduate Course: MMus Individual Research Project (MUSI11014)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course requires students to undertake a significant amount of independent study, and thus prepares them for the time- and data-management challenges of a larger-scale research project. Students also gain expertise in presentation in a supportive context, and learn how to profit from and offer constructive feedback, both as requires content and presentation/communication skills. This might or might not eventually form the basis of part of the MMus dissertation. If not, it will provide the student with the opportunity to undertake research in a different area.
Course description This course prepares students for the larger task of researching and writing a dissertation by undertaking a smaller-scale research project in musicology, which may or may not be related to the subject of their dissertation, but should normally be aligned with the research expertise of a member of staff. It provides an opportunity for students to gain expertise in applying the methods and critical approaches covered in other courses on the degree programme. In addition, students will hone their skills in finding and evaluating research resources, and communicating their research results in standard academic formats (presentation, essay).

There are two class meetings for this course, not counting individual meetings with a supervisor. At an initial seminar in semester 1, students briefly present their preferred research topics for discussion, and are allocate by the course organiser: it is then the student┐s responsibility to contact their allocated supervisor and arrange a first meeting. The supervisor will organise regular supervisions with the student. A second seminar meeting in semester 2 provides an opportunity for students to report on their progress to the rest of the class and to the course organiser, and to discuss challenges faced during the research with their peers and the course organiser. The assessment consists of a twenty-minute presentation in class at the end of semester 2, following which feedback will be provided ahead of submission of the final, extended essay two weeks later.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs n/a
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Twenty-minute presentation: 20%; Extended essay of c. 5,000 words: 80%
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided by the supervisor in individual meetings, and by the course organiser during the two class meetings. Further formative feedback will be provided along with summative feedback on the presentation, with formative suggestions for enhancement of the written submission. Summative feedback will be given on the written submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a suitable research question.
  2. Utilise resources and methodologies appropriate to the research question.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of research sources to a high standard.
  4. Identify any relevant ethical, professional and legal issues arising from the project.
  5. Communicate research findings coherently and convincingly both orally, with appropriate presentation aids, and in writing.
Reading List
Since this course is structured around research projects developed by students on an individual basis, there is no course reading list.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to work independently to identify, gather and evaluate information from a range of sources in a timely and accurate manner. Ability to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists both orally and in writing. Ability to identify and respond to ethical and professional issues.
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Course organiserDr Morag Grant
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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