Film & TV Dissertation/Media Research Project 2015-2016 Brief No.4 the Dissertation Introduction The Dissertation is the final course work assignment on the Film and TV Dissertation module. It carries an assessment weight of 50% of your overall coursework grade. In this assignment there will be an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the field you have been researching and apply what you have learnt to specific situations, instances, examples or case studies of your choosing (Learning outcome 1, Learning outcome 3). The dissertation may provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the circumstances in which film and TV artefacts represent people, are made in specific production contexts, are subject to regulation, are paid for the economics of the media, and are consumed by audiences (Learning outcome 2). The dissertation should also situate the study in its wider context whether that is the history, the culture, the regulation, the industry, the institutions, the economic models of advertising practices or the changing ways audiences consume media (Learning outcome 4). What to Do: Review the learning outcomes, reprinted from the Module Guide below, and bear them in mind over the course of the semester as they should provide the guidelines for the development of the final dissertation. Learning Outcomes Knowledge and Understanding: (Successful students will typically ) 1. a representative selection of key works of film and television production, the historical development of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms, including contemporary works at the forefront of the discipline; 2. the development and operation of the film and television industries, their professional requirements and constraints, global scope, regulatory frameworks, business practices, audiences and patterns of consumption. Skills and Attributes: (Successful students will typically ) 3. describe, analyse and evaluate critically, as appropriate, current debates about narrative processes and modes of representation at work in media and cultural texts; 4. critically analyse and situate the products of the film and television industries in historical, global and professional contexts; 5. initiate, develop and realise a sustained critical enquiry or media research project in an appropriate topic of study germane to their film and television practice; 6. utilise a range of research and critical evaluation skills including the location and evaluation of materials, as well as ideas of ownership, citation and reference; 7. frame appropriate questions, formulate arguments cogently and draw independent conclusions; 8. communicate arguments effectively using digital technologies to present texts and images; 9. manage their own learning, work flexibly, creatively and independently, showing self-direction and reflexivity. How will the assignment be assessed? The dissertation will be assessed according to how well the work addresses these learning outcomes. The learning outcomes are also available in the Module Guide on page 5 so make yourself familiar with them and you will have a clearer understanding of how your work is assessed. Assignment Presentation The assignment should be around 4000 words in length (with a margin of 10% either way). It must be word-processed in a clear font (e.g. 12 pt Arial), double-spaced with consecutively numbered pages. The dissertation should be written in an academic style and tone throughout. Quotations, illustrations and borrowed facts/ideas (including those taken from the web) should always be accurately sourced: the assignment must therefore include references (footnotes or endnotes) and a bibliography presented in the Harvard style. All book, journal and film and TV titles should be italicised or underlined with production details i.e. The Sopranos (HBO, 1999-2007) or Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999). Citations from TV series should clearly show season and episode number and title, if appropriate, i.e. if quoting an episode from The Sopranos, Boca (1:9). And finally there are two conventions for the presentation of the dissertation as a final year under-graduate student in university. The dissertation will need to include: an abstract which is a brief summary that is placed immediately following the title page but before the first chapter, to tell the reader what the dissertation is about.