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Module Title
Documentary Discourse and Practice
Reference BS2290 Version 5
Created March 2018 SCQF Level SCQF 8
Approved June 2018 SCQF Points 30
Amended June 2018 ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To critically examine the documentary form, its social function, its purported capacity to render reality accurately, the histories of selected documentary films, and movements.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Plan, shoot, edit and render a digital artifact that features a variety of documentary techniques.
2 Analyse and discuss the documentary form through its history, representational strands and public function.
3 Classify and analyse documentary-making activities and resulting works in relation to the field as a whole.
4 Critically relate a range of approaches to documentaries to wider cultural and critical theories.

Indicative Module Content
The documentary tradition; anthropology and ethnographic film; educating the audience; cinema verite and direct cinema; journalistic values; observational documentaries as popular entertainment; digital documentary; camera operation; video editing.

Module Delivery
Lectures, tutorials, directed reading, screenings and labs.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 30 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 270 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Individual Portfolio Assessment

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BAKER, M., 2006. Documentary in the digital age. Oxford: Focal Press. ebook
2 BEATTIE, K., 2004. Documentary screens: nonfiction film and television. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
3 DANCYGER, K., 2011. The technique of film and video editing history, theory, and practice 5th ed. Oxford : Focal Press. e-Book
4 LEIRPOLL, J., OSBORN, D., MURPHY, P., EDWARDS, A, 2017. The cool stuff in Premiere Pro learn advanced editing techniques to dramatically speed up your workflow. New York : Apress. e-Book
5 NICHOLS. B., 1991. Representing reality: issues and concepts in documentary . Bloomington: Indiana University Press
6 RENOV, M., 2004. The subject of documentary. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

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