MU3006 - Music Portfolio: Skills for University

What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with essential skills that will prepare you for academia, and for professional employment. You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops. In these various forums, you will develop core knowledge in such necessary abilities as academic writing, research techniques, score analysis, aural skills, academic citation, public speaking, and presenting your work. With guidance from your seminar tutor, and working independently, you will write a 1500-word essay and an accompanying 500-word commentary that showcases the academic and professional transferable skills you have acquired.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will develop a 1500-word essay and a 500-word reflective piece demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed during semester one of the Foundation year. These will include demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research and analytical skills specific to music, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop these assignments throughout semester one, drawing on the content of the module’s lectures, workshops and seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will learn on the module through a stimulating range of seminars and workshops. Your learning will be facilitated by the Skills Plus centre, affiliated with the university library, who will deliver a range of support on core academic skills. Each week you will be given a preparatory activity (e.g. set reading, a source search, listening or analysis exercise) which will form the basis of your explorations in class for that week. Sessions will be delivered by the module team to ensure you benefit from their particular expertise across a range of disciplines. You will research, plan and write a 1500-word essay and an accompanying 500-word reflective piece that showcases the academic and professional skills you have acquired.

By attending the lectures and seminars and undertaking the assignments you will be supported to achieve the module learning outcomes. As you explore identity you will develop foundational knowledge in research skills, writing about music, analysing music via notation and recordings, time management, IT skills, critical thinking and evaluation as well as academic communication skills.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutors, you will undertake the directed learning of the preparatory activities as well as independent learning. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading, listening and research, the consolidation of session materials and the completion of the assessment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1 ability to collect and evaluate evidence of personal achievement and development.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2 essential academic skills of written prose, citation, oral presentation, and independent research, including skills specific to music.
3 transferable employability skills.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4 demonstrate the capacity for sustained independent work

How will I be assessed?

Formative:
Essay Plan:
Midway through the semester, you will submit an essay plan and indicative bibliography in preparation for your summative assessment. You will have a meeting with your seminar tutor to review and discuss your essay
plan and its development. (MLO 1-4)

Summative:
1. 1500-word essay: you will produce a 1500-word essay in which you demonstrate the core academic skills you have acquired (including independent research, written prose, argumentation and citation) (75%) (MLO 1-4)

2. 500-word reflective piece: you will write a reflective piece on the professional music, academic and employability skills you have developed on the module (25%) (MLO 1-4)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will provide you with the essential skills that will prepare you for academia, and for professional employment. You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops to develop core knowledge in such necessary abilities as academic writing, research techniques, music score analysis and aural skills, academic citation, public speaking, and presenting your work. Specific training in how to write about music will equip you with the skills to analyse and critique scores, recordings and live performances to prepare you for future academic study across all areas of the music foundation and undergraduate programmes. These transferrable skills will also support you in professional employment across a wide range of sectors.

Course info

UCAS Code W310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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