FS10010 Introduction to Film and Media

Academic Year 2023/2024

The contemporary era is marked both by a proliferation of screens through which we access ‘content’, as well as fundamental and ongoing shifts in the media industries, largely driven by digital innovation. Given this context, this module aims to provide students with a scholarly understanding of a range of screen media, past and present, in order to better comprehend continuities and disruptions. Students will examine how formal elements combine to create meaning in screen texts and they will be introduced to a wide array of critical terms through which they will develop their own analyses. Through a number of detailed case studies encompassing film, television as well as emergent “new media” forms, the module will provide a foundation of methods and skills for researching and studying screen media in varied forms and contexts.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:


· apply critical terms and approaches in order to analyse screen representations in their cultural contexts;

· identify aesthetic features common to different media forms;

· gather and evaluate information through structured research to inform screen analysis;

· communicate ideas and arguments coherently, using appropriate disciplinary forms and conventions of academic writing.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

25

Autonomous Student Learning

80

Lectures

10

Small Group

10

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will attend lectures that customarily include a small amount of audience response/discussion

Small-group learning classes accompany each weekly lecture. Pedagogical approaches taken in the small group environment may include task-based learning, peer and group discussion and staged debates.

Critical writing is a key element of assessed work and students will complete a scene analysis from one of the screened texts. Additionally, students will complete a terminology quiz to develop their critical vocabulary to better scaffold their writing. The final examination will assess student skill in critical writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30

Examination: Students answer three short essay questions from a selection provided. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

50

Assignment: Film Scene Analysis Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

20


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Global feedback to the entire class will be delivered in a lecture or in small group classes after assessed components. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with tutors or lectures during scheduled personal feedback sessions during the term.

Name Role
Ms Chloe Power Tutor
Mr Stefano Rosignoli Tutor
Miss Jodie Thompson Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Film Screening Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 09:00 - 09:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Workshop Offering 4 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Workshop Offering 5 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 6 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Workshop Offering 7 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Workshop Offering 8 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 9 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Autumn