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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN3009 Module Title: RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: RM
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: DODDS S Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
10 Annotated texts
Structural Outline
Module Overview
Module Aims
  • To equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills to enable them to engage in independent research on a dance-specific topic.
  • To support students in the early stages of preparing a Dissertation through tutor-led lectures; three self-directed research tasks and one-to-one tutorials.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
  • Knowledge of a range of dance disciplines and methodologies.
  • In-depth understanding of how different research questions require different theoretical frameworks and methodologies.
  • Informed awareness of how to design a self-determined project and to conduct appropriate research and writing.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
  • Ability to identify, analyse and critique a variety of appropriate sources with minimum guidance.
  • Ability to select and design a research project in an area of specific dance interest and, in particular, to determine a clear rationale, appropriate parameters and structure.
  • Ability to select and apply relevant theories and methodologies.
Practical/Key Skills:
  • Ability to locate and organise a wide range of research materials.
  • Ability to take responsibility for managing time and learning autonomously.
  • Ability to problem-solve and be self-reflexive.
  • Ability to seek and apply tutor feedback.
Module Content
  • Identification of appropriate study areas and delineation of these in determining a research topic.
  • Strategies for locating sources and for scheduling, monitoring and evaluating work.
  • Selection and design of appropriate research questions and methodologies.
  • Data-gathering tools, eg. bibliographic searches; questionnaires; interviews; participant observation.
  • Data collection and documentation, eg. bibliographies; choreochronicles; chronologies; charts; tables; graphs; scores.
  • Presentation of research findings in written, visual and performance modes.
  • Designing a Proposal and a Structural Outline for the intended Dissertation.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
Berry, Ralph. The research project: how to write it. London: Routledge, 1994.
Blaxter, Loraine, Hughes, Christina and Tight, Malcolm. How to Research. Buckingham: Open University Press (2nd edition), 2001.
Chambers, Elie and Northedge, Andrew. The Arts Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: Open University, 1997.
Evans, Kathleen Marianne. Planning small scale research: a practical guide for teachers and students. Windsor: NFER, 1978.
Fraleigh, Sondra Horton and Hanstein, Penelope. Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Enquiry. London: Dance Books, 1999.
Gibbs, Graham. Teaching students to learn: a student-centred approach. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1981.
Northedge, Andrew. The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: Open University, 1990.
Patton, Michael Quinn. Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods. London: Sage, 1990.
Strunk, William. The Elements of Style with Revisions. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1999.
Watts, Anthony Gordon. Developing individual action-planning skills. Newscheck 4, 2, 1993, pp 4-5.
Last Updated

25th November 2009