VA7013 - Cultural and Creative Industries Management Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

The Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities as reflective practitioners and critical scholars by examining and engaging with a topic broadly of relevance to the field. The dissertation is an important document that allows you to demonstrate enhanced employability by developing expertise in a specialist topic and applying useful methodologies to answer a research question. The module is designed to allow you flexibility of approach and outcome, reflecting the multi-disciplinary context of cultural and creative industries management and the diversity of subject backgrounds with which each of you enters the programme.

You will select the form of dissertation that best suits your own individual research and practice interests, choosing from:
1. A literature based research dissertation, requiring a synthesis, critical review, exploration and further development of an academic issue or professional topic - using existing academic and scholarly literature and, if relevant, the interpretation of primary or historic sources.
2. An applied research dissertation, requiring qualitative, quantitative or mixed application of research methods enabling you to explore a problem centred enquiry, combined with scholarly review of relevant knowledge. The applied dissertation normally involves you in developing an evidence base and interpreting primary data, you may undertake observational data collection, or may engage in secondary analysis of existing data.
3. A work or practice based dissertation, locating the academic issue or topic within the material developed and used during paid / voluntary work, reflecting the student’s own practice or other relevant activity.

As part of this module you will learn how to identify, define and formulate an issue or topic, relevant to the programme being studied, and to develop a coherent approach to addressing that issue and executing the research inquiry. All dissertations will have a strong theoretical and research context underpinning and will require a thorough Masters level literature review. The dissertation enables you to communicate the analytical, critical and reflective skills necessary to demonstrate originality of thought.

How will I learn on this module?

Through a small number of in-class and online workshop sessions, you will learn how to conduct Masters level research. This includes learning how to undertake literature review to Masters standard, and how to devise, plan, structure and deliver a self-directed piece of research. In these sessions you will be guided as to how to take on managing and conducting a research project in an ethical fashion. You will also have the chance to engage with the Skills Support team in the University Library and follow advanced literature search techniques either in person or virtually.

After those initial sessions your time will be spent undertaking independent research and engaging in supervision meetings one-to-one with your dissertation supervisor as you plan and then work on your dissertation. This module is assessed through completion of a self-directed piece of research which may employ a range of methodologies. With the guidance of your dissertation supervisor, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use qualitative or quantitative or mixed research methods. Supervision sessions may be booked in person, on the telephone, by Skype or by email commentary to accommodate both in-class and distance students equally.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your module tutor will play an active role in guiding you through module sessions, e-learning interactive activities and one-on-one electronic and academic tutorial support. Distance learners can access all the learning materials, with audio support, via Blackboard.

You will be supported in individual tutorials booked with your allocated dissertation supervisor (these may be real-time or virtual). The tutorials will be scheduled by mutual agreement and there will offer opportunities to engage with your supervisor on timetables, contents and writing style. Normally one finished section of your dissertation will be reviewed and annotated. This formative feedback provided by your tutor will enable you to enhance your work.

You can also book appointments with academic tutors or book telephone support sessions, should you require further support or have particular academic issues which you need to raise.

At Department and Faculty level, the Student Administration and Support Centre (SASC) provides a place to ask questions (e.g. regarding timetables, late submissions and personal extenuating circumstances). SASC will refer you to the correct university service if it cannot directly help you.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of the Creative Industries on global, national and local scales, considering strategic issues as appropriate
2. Show the ability to identify, define and formulate a research topic, relevant to the area of specialist interest, and to develop a coherent methodology for addressing that topic
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to contextualise, through engaging critically with other scholars’ work, theorise, research, evidence, analyse and conclude an original research enquiry in a written dissertation on a topic of relevance to management of an aspect of the creative or cultural industries


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Demonstrate the cognitive and intellectual skills required to assimilate, review, reflect and analyse the selected research issue
2. Demonstrate the communication skills and scholarly approaches appropriate to research and professional practice in the field
3. Demonstrate an ability for effective self-management in delivering a research project


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Take an ethical approach to all research carried out as part of the project and comply with University procedures for ethics compliance
2. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity appropriate for completion of a Masters’ level dissertation

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by means of completing a 15000 word dissertation on a topic approved by your dissertation supervisor.

Formative assessment will be though in-class and on-line classes and in e-tivities where students will discuss various issues and themes pertinent to Cultural and Creative Industries dissertation research, self-management of a research project, and writing and communication skills. This will include the preparation of a formative dissertation plan with the guidance of the teaching team.

Pre-requisite(s)

120 credits at PG Dip : for this programme VA0796 and VA0797

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities as reflective practitioners and critical scholars by examining and engaging with a topic broadly of relevance to the field. The module is designed to allow you flexibility of approach and outcome, reflecting the multi-disciplinary context of cultural and creative industries management and the diversity of subject backgrounds with which each of you enters the programme.
You will select the form of dissertation that best suits your own individual research and practice interests, choosing from:

1. A literature-based research dissertation, requiring a synthesis, critical review, exploration and further development of an academic issue or professional topic - using existing academic and scholarly literature and, if relevant, the interpretation of primary or historic sources.
2. An applied research dissertation, requiring a qualitative or quantitative application of research methods enabling you to explore a problem centred enquiry, combined with scholarly review of relevant knowledge. The applied dissertation normally involves you in developing an evidence base and interpreting primary data, you may undertake observational data collection, or may engage in secondary analysis of existing data.
3. A work or practice based dissertation, locating the academic issue or topic within the material developed and used during paid / voluntary work, reflecting the student’s own practice or other relevant activity.

All dissertations will have a strong theoretical and research context underpinning and will require a through literature review.
You will be supported in individual tutorials booked with your allocated supervisor (these may be real-time or virtual). The tutorials will be scheduled by mutual agreement and there will normally be a minimum of three opportunities to engage with your supervisor and draft and redraft your dissertation accordingly for comment. This formative feedback provided by your tutor will enable you to enhance your work.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time by distance learning

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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