Pplied Arts Project (human development and play with dance)

2. WorkinProgress Seminar (20% of module mark)
Total of 250 words or equivalent.
The seminar addresses Learning Outcomes 1 and 2:

LO 1. Formulate an appropriately researched area of study to be the basis for the project.

LO 2. Summarise progress and plan progression of the project.

You will be invited to give a short ten minute presentation at a scheduled seminar as agreed with your Supervising Tutor. This will be arranged and chaired by your tutor, and other students and tutors may be present.

Your presentation should include the following:

a? An explanation of how your area of study was selected
a? A brief introduction to your topic
a? An overview of the issue(s) you wish to address relating to your topic
a? A summary of what you have achieved so far
a? A brief indication of how you plan to proceed with the project.
3. Final Piece of Work and reflective account (80% of module mark), to total 3,000 words or equivalent.
The final piece of work that you submit is worth 80% of the module mark, and assesses learning outcomes 3 and 4.

LO 3. Carry out an independently researched project related to a defined problem, issue or event relating to application of the arts, utilising skills and approaches encountered in Phase 1 modules of the programme.

LO 4. Evaluate, and reflect upon the selected problem, issue or event relating to application of the arts

Therefore your submission needs to evidence that you have achieved these.

The actual content of your final submission will depend on the format that you have chosen in discussion with your tutor(s).

In assessing the extent to which you demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes, the following criteria will be considered:
a clear focus
a well-constructed coherent development of your argument
the use of relevant evidence to support your debate
rigorous analysis
evidence of some research in the gathering and use of materials
the drawing together of your points in a clear Conclusion
evidence of your own reflection on the process of carrying out the project

Pplied Arts Project (human development and play with dance)

Applied Arts Project

Module Handbook

Sept 2011 a May 2012
Welcome to the Applied Arts Project double module.

This module handbook provides you with details of what the project involves, the official module specification and learning outcomes (which you have to meet in order to pass the module) and assessment methods (all coursework, no examinations in this case). There is also advice on aspects of learning and assessment which relate to the module.

This module is very flexible. You decide what you would like to study, according to your own interests and strengths. It is mainly tutorial-based, though there will be opportunities to share your work in a supportive environment with others. This means that there is not a timetabled slot for this module. At the start of the Autumn semester, you will be asked to provide details of your availability, so that the module leader can organise an initial module meeting. After that, it will be your responsibility to decide when you need tutorials, and to arrange these with your tutor(s).
The following is the official a?module descriptiona which details what the project involves, the learning outcomes (which you have to meet in order to pass the module) and the assessment methods.
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Module Title: APPLIED ARTS PROJECT

No. of Credits: 30

Credit Level: 5

Mandatory
Pre-requisite: None

Pre-requisite: None

Co-requisite: None

Module Description

This module enables students to further develop and apply the understanding of subject material and methodology from phase one modules. The Applied Arts Project is based upon a research topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor. It enables students to explore the selected subject area and its issues and debates in depth. The Project provides experience in the construction of an extended piece of academic criticism; and allows students at Phase 2 (Level 5) to develop and practice the skills they will use when completing their dissertation or research project at Phase 3 (Level 6). The project will focus on secondary, rather than primary research.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Formulate an appropriately researched area of study to be the basis for the project.

2. Summarise progress and plan progression of the project.

3. Carry out an independently researched project related to a defined problem, issue or event relating to application of the arts, utilising skills and approaches encountered in Phase 1 modules of the programme.

4. Evaluate, and reflect upon the selected problem, issue or event relating to application of the arts


INDICATIVE CONTENT/ AREAS OF STUDY

The module places particular emphasis on independent research by students, with tutorial support from a designated tutor. The specific content and area of study for the project will be selected by the student, with advice from their supervisor.



ASSESSMENT

Assessment weighting: 100% CW

CW1: 20% weighting Learning Outcomes 1 and 2

a?Workin a progressa seminar presentation

CW2: 80% weighting Learning Outcomes 3 and 4

Project Report of around 3000 words, with notes and bibliography, or equivalent*.

[*e.g. lead a formal seminar presentation; design, and offer a rationale for, workshops relating to the subject; produce a marketing/public information document/web page content relating to the subject.]



Completing your Applied Arts Project.

The following is a summary of the tasks that you will need to complete during the course of your project. More details are then given relating to each area.

1. Select an area to research

2. Draft a proposal, including timescale and deadlines.

3. Carry out your research
4. Decide on the format for submission of your work to
evidence the learning outcomes have been met.
5. Produce a progress presentation, and deliver to your
deadline

6. Produce your final piece of work for assessment.




Selecting an Area to Research

The subject you decide to research should be firmly within the Healing Arts subject area and should be based on your experiences of Phase 1 modules.

You will have experience and knowledge gained from some or all of the following: Human Development and Play, Effective Interaction, Historical Perspectives of Healing, Expression and the Arts, Mindfulness in Practice. These modules have many possibilities for areas to research related to the module content, but what you choose will depend on your own personal choice.

Perhaps a good way to begin is to think back to your experiences of Phase 1 modules and to identify those modules which you enjoyed the most. What was it about their content which stimulated your interest?

Make a shortlist of ideas of topics which you might be interested to research ready to discuss these with your supervisor at your first tutorial meeting before you draft your Proposal.

After discussion you will be asked to develop your initial ideas further and firm up your Proposal ready to submit this for feedback. This will show your general area of interest to begin with, and your initial ideas can then be developed to consider aspects which you may not initially be aware of, through some preliminary reading.

Later on in your Project you will need to focus your study further as your work develops.

***Please note that this is a literature-based project. You are not expected nor permitted to undertake primary research for this module.***

Drafting your proposal

The project proposal will outline your plans for an investigation into a chosen topic through reading and academic research. This part of your Project will allow you to set out your ideas. It is the method by which your Tutor will gain an understanding of your chosen approach and can advise and support you in developing your thoughts.

When you have an idea of the area you wish to research, you will need to do some preliminary reading to help identify a defined topic for your proposal.

Reading

Tutors will assist you in identifying suitable reading as part of the tutorial process. However, at this level it is expected that students will wish to investigate their own sources of theoretical information. Acquiring research skills will be an important part of this module and you should read about ways to research and include your ideas as part of your Project Proposal.


Internet Research

The RDN Virtual Training Suite is designed to help students and academics improve their Internet information literacy and IT skills. The site can be found at effort in the rest of your degree.

You may also find the following texts of use:

O Dochartaish, N. (2001) The Internet Research Handbook. London: Sage.

Hewson, Claire et al (2002) Internet Research Methods. London: Sage


It is a good idea to draft your proposal and discuss it with your tutor, so that you can develop it before formally submitting it.


Getting Approval for your Proposal.

Please submit your project proposal electronically, to the module leader using the form included at the end of this handbook. You should aim to write approximately 1,500 words.

Carrying Out Your Research.

As this project will be completed using secondary sources, you will need to develop your research skills, in order to find appropriate resources. You should consider the method that you will use to locate suitable resources. You will need to reflect on the approach you have used, and how the project has progressed as part of your assessment.

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