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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN3003 Module Title: DISSERTATION
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: DANCEDISS
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: DODDS S Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability

Run once, throughout the year

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
12000 words or equivalent
Module Overview

Research Methodologies

Module Aims
  • To research and present an extended piece of work on a dance-specific topic, in consultation with a supervisor.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
  • In-depth knowledge of a research question, set of ideas, theories or practices in an area of specific dance interest.
  • Thorough understanding and application of relevant theories and methodologies.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
  • Ability to identify, articulate and present (in written, visual and/or performance modes) a dance-specific topic within clearly-defined parameters.
  • Ability to use appropriate research methodologies and to present a sound rationale for their application.
  • Ability to present research outcomes using appropriate scholarly apparatus and register, together with appropriate documentation.
  • Ability to construct, sustain and debate complex arguments and to critique contradictory information.
  • Ability to critically evaluate findings to support conclusions and/or recommendations.
Practical/Key Skills:
  • Ability to direct and manage own learning with minimum guidance.
  • Ability to locate and use appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  • Ability to engage effectively in debate in a tutorial context and to respond professionally to feedback.
  • Ability to work independently on drafts of work and to write up a final version in the required format.
  • Ability to produce a cogent and coherent piece of work resulting from self-directed research and problem-solving.
Module Content
The choice of Dissertation topic may arise from a specific dance interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience at Levels HE1-2 or from professional training at Level P. It is possible for the Dissertation to be part-practical in nature. If this is the case, the written part of the Dissertation will be shorter and may be of a different nature. In this instance, the relative weighting of written and practical work will be negotiated between tutor and student, and approved by the Board of Studies. In all cases, however, the written component must constitute at least 50% of the Dissertation, ie. 6000 words or equivalent, and will count for at least half of the marks. (Further information on part-practical Dissertations is included overleaf.)
The topic should have appropriate content and parameters and should be designed to demonstrate the student’s analytical, critical and evaluative skills.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

This will vary according to the nature of the selected research topic, but all students will be tutored individually during the process of their research and the production of a Dissertation.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
anonMHRA style book.   London ; Modern Humanities Research Association, 1978.
Berry, Ralph. The research project: how to write it.   London : Routledge, 1994.
Campbell, William Giles and Ballou, Stephen Vaughan. Form and style. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1978
Evans, Kathleen Marianne. Planning small scale research.   Windsor : NFER, 1978.
Mullins, Carolyn Johns. A guide to writing and publishing in the social and behavioural sciences. New York : Wiley, 1977.
Parsons, Christopher James. Theses and project work.   London : George Allen & Unwin, 1973, 1980.
Turabian, Kate Larimore. A manual for writers.  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.
Students will also be directed to relevant sources by their supervisor and will also be expected to undertake their own literature searches. All students will be required to produce a critical review of relevant literature and a comprehensive bibliography as an integral part of the Dissertation.
Last Updated

25th November 2009