module specification

MD6006 - Final Project Music Production (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Final Project Music Production
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
180 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Project 100%   Practical outcome of the major Project, inc. detailed report (circa 5000 words or equivalent)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Thursday Afternoon
Year City Friday Morning

Module summary

This module is studied alongside its companion module Project Development: Music Technology (MD6004), towards the completion of a major Final Project in Music Technology, in the area of music production and live-sound.
This major Final Project permits honours-level students doing the BSc Music Technology (Music Production) the opportunity to conceive, plan and produce a major, summative piece of work that brings together learning and serves as a graduation piece at the heart of their graduate portfolio. It also allows students to deeply reflect on their practical work via a thorough report about the project, which should show clear understanding of the work’s contextualisation in the field of specialism, in the artistic and technical skills involved in the project and in the excellence of the usage of the technologies required to achieve the final outcome. The project shall be of high standard yet leaving students the necessary room for experimentation, for enhancing skills, and for defining themselves in the path of their specialism.
At this level, students are expected to originate their own project proposal within a given framework. Besides the technical and artistic skills required for the completion of this project program, the module should serve to arise awareness in the students about the market and other cultural/industry contexts in which their work is inserted.

Prior learning requirements

Pass & Completion of Prior Level

Module aims

The module aims are to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to originate, plan and produce an extended piece of work to a professional standard, as a summation of honours-level study in the field of music technology, specifically music production and sound for live-events.
  • Provide students the opportunity and capacity to integrate intellectual and practical skills, learning from experimentation and through practised Understanding.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently, integrating relevant academic and professional con-texts, realised in appropriate form.
  • Make critically informed work that shows knowledge of audience, vocational fields and relevant canon.


The syllabus for this module may include the following items:

- Production planning
- Production of sound during live-events (concerts, theatre, etc)
- Music composition and MIDI Arrangement
- Audio Post production
- Surround sound mix and Dolby encoding
- DVD authoring

Learning and teaching

Students work independently with guidance from the module teaching team. The coursework assignment is designed to enhance learning by offering a process model with clear and specified phases.
Phases might include, project proposal, project brief, pre-production, experimentation and testing, devel-opment, solution and evaluation.
The module is delivered though a series of seminars, subject supervision and individual tutorials.  At each stage of the project the student is expected to establish agreed aims and objectives, to manage their own time, be aware of the resource and other costs necessary to complete the project and be aware of ethical issues that may arise. These reviews will be used to monitor the scope and ambition of the project.
Progress will be reviewed in a mid-project presentation: evaluating (i) practical work necessary to complete the aims of the project, (ii) appropriateness of approaches and materials used, (iii) evidence of coherent rationale and critique of the production, including analysis of problems encountered and solutions implemented. 
Students have regular progress meetings with their tutors where they are offered guidance and feedback on the development of their work.
The two Atelier/Studio modules at each level 4, 5, and 6 are part of an integrated approach to learning and can be seen as a pair. At level 6, this common module pairs with the specific Final Project of each of the courses in Music Technology at the Faculty in order to consolidate the knowledge and skills related to each specialism, such as sound design, audio electronics and live/studio sound production.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Extended, professional-standard skills in working independently. For example, by successfully realising a brief and completing a planned schedule of works.
2. The ability to conduct and learn from experiments and so create effective models of practice.
3. Graduate-level skills and understanding of music technologies, especially the production of music, recording and producing the sound for live-events.
4. The ability to make work of a professional quality for a target audience, demonstrating intellectual and practical understanding.
5. The integrative (theory-in-practice) skills to make a piece of work that will serve as a calling card in the student’s chosen vocational field.

Assessment strategy

The strategy is to increase the power and effectiveness of assessment by simplifying and reducing the num-ber of assessment items. Then, each assessment item is broken into stages so that regular formative and developmental feedback can be given.
Another advantage of a portfolio approach to assessment is that tracking is clear and simple and so we can ensure that all learning outcomes are assessed.
Regular formative assessment will be used to provide diagnostic feedback and to support students to learn, change and improve.
The assessment load complies with the Faculty’s assessment tariff.
Assessment will be based on 100% summative coursework, which should include a detailed report of the practical outcome. The report should include (where appropriate) additional material such as recording plan, live-venue sound plan, etc.
Work will be assessed against the learning outcomes in relation to the following criteria:

• Appropriate use of research methods
• Quality of analysis and interpretation
• Subject knowledge and relevance
• Quality of communication and presentation
• Appropriate use of problem solving, testing and experimentation
• Management of own learning and personal professional development.


The projects undertaken being varied in nature, no one bibliography can be assembled for this module; su-pervising tutors will recommend books, journals and other sources as appropriate.