Full Title:Action Research
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53024
Credits: 15
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module challenges students to become even better music production practitioners and researchers. They are required to identify an area of their practice that could be developed further, and/or improved, through extended use of action research/critical reflection and application of scholarship in the field of Music Production to their identified research area.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify an area of their Music Production practice that they wish to develop/improve in the interests of an enhanced production experience/outcome.
  2. Plan and structure an effective intervention that addresses this identified area of practice.
  3. Implement this action plan using creative strategies/approaches that will enhance the production experience/outcome in new/alternative ways.
  4. Evaluate the outcomes (both intended and unintended) of this action plan using evidence that is collected and evaluated in a systematic and thorough way.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Reflective Practitioner
Independent research
Critical thinking skills
Writing and structuring your Portfolio
The Annotated Bibliography
Critical writing skills
Action Research
Enhancing the production experience
Critical friendship
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Students will submit an analytical/reflective portfolio consisting of (a) an Annotated Bibliography based on 4-5 scholarly sources applicable to the area of practice they seek to improve. (b) the plan and structure of an effective intervention that addresses the identified area of practice. The studied texts/works will form the basis of the action plan referred to in Learning Outcomes 2 and 3. Length: (a) 2,000 words (b) 1,000 (appendices and bibliography not included). 1,2 40.00 0 0 Week 13 0
Portfolio Students will submit an analytical/reflective portfolio on the application and evaluation of the action plan/intervention developed to fulfil Learning Outcomes 3 and 4. Length: 3,000 words (appendices and bibliography not included). 3,4 60.00 0 0 Week 13 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Group discussions and individual tutorials will provide opportunities to obtain formative feedback, from peers and tutors, on the proposed research. Short presentations will be made by participants, at designated times, during group discussions, but these presentations will not be assessed. Feedback from peers will form the basis of this approach. Through peer collaboration and feedback, the group members will provide ideas and reflections on individual projects. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Implementation of intervention 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 0.00 Every Week 0.00
Independent Study No Description 0.00 Every Week 0.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Schon Donald A. 1984, The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, Basic Books [ISBN: 978-046506878]
  • Dr Stella Cottrell 2011, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument (Palgrave Study Skills), 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-023028529]
  • Stringer, T. 2013, Action Research, 4 th Ed., SAGE Publications, Inc [ISBN: 978-145220508]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 7 Mandatory