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    • Staffordshire University Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology University Undergraduate Modular Framework Single Honours Awards Media, Entertainment and Communications Technology Programme BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook 2003-2004 How to use this handbook This handbook explains the background, structure, content and operation of the modular undergraduate programme of study for the Media, Entertainment and Communications Technology awards. It is essential that you read this handbook fully before you commence your award. You should also read the following: - University Student Handbook - Award Management and Regulations Available on the University Web Site _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 1
    • Contents Welcome to SEAT 4 Overview and background to the Programme 5 Introduction 5 What is the programme about? 6 How does the year in the workplace fit in? 6 Award Nomenclature 8 What is a module? 8 What is a semester? 8 What are core modules? 9 What are elective modules? 9 What are group option modules? 9 What is a module handbook? 9 What is a Personal Tutor? 9 What is a Module Tutor? 9 What is an Award Tutor? 10 What is an Award Programme Manager? 10 Curriculum 10 Introduction to Digital Film Technology 1 12 History of Film Technology 12 BS200-1 British Business Environment 12 Introduction to Digital Film Technology 13 EN437-1 Internet And Html Technology Systems 13 BSF26005-2 Accounting For Leisure Sport & Tourism 14 EN40022-2 Applications Of 3D 14 EN40066-2 Script Writing For Technologists 2 14 EN189-2 Events Management For Technologists 14 EN280-2 Multimedia Applications 14 LEVEL 3 15 EN 40102-3 DVD Technology and Authoring 16 EN2107-3 Digital Broadcasting 16 EN243-3 Video Recording And Production 16 BS463-3 Research Methods 16 How is learning facilitated? 18 Self-study / directed reading 18 Group based assignments 19 Lectures 19 Study groups 19 Use of Information Technology 19 Internet - World Wide Web 21 Assessment 22 How am I assessed? 22 Are there common assessment criteria? 22 Assessment methods 23 Assessment methods continued 24 Assessment grades 26 Assessments 26 What if I am late in submitting work for assessment? 26 What if I am ill? 26 Extensions to assessment deadlines 27 Academic Dishonesty 27 Is there an assessment feedback process? 27 What happens if I am unsuccessful? 27 _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 2
    • Admissions 28 Admission requirements 28 Related Study Areas 28 Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Previous Experiential Learning (APEL) 28 Direct Entry to Level 2 28 Management of the awards 30 Staff-Student Liaison Committee 30 Student representatives forum 30 Award day-to-day management 32 Module Management 32 Placement and Work Experience Information 33 Supervised work experience 33 University Based Students 33 Sponsored Students 33 Administrative support for the Awards 35 Assessment Regulations 36 The framework of assessment 36 Assessment Regulations Specific to the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. 36 Staffing and resources 37 What resources does the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology offer? 37 University resources 38 University Information Centre 38 _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 3
    • Welcome to SEAT The School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, or SEAT is recognised nationally for being dynamic and innovative in our educational provision. We are dedicated to providing the educational formation for engineers and technologists who create and sustain the technological products and services for wealth creation and improving the quality of life. Our portfolio of courses is designed for the 21st century and the new technology knowledge based revolution that includes digital electronics, communications and leisure industries. Our aim is to produce the technology innovators of the future. We want you to be one of them. SEAT was formed in 1992 when Staffordshire Polytechnic became Staffordshire University. Based in the Beacon Building at the Beaconside campus on the outskirts of Stafford we share our facilities and lecture rooms with the schools of Computing, Business and Health. This adds to the excellent atmosphere of the university as different students all study in the same place. Courses We offer a wide range of areas of study, from Engineering to Technology, these could not be more further apart as disciplines, but the school prides itself on being a diverse school. Student Numbers Staffordshire University has around 18,000 students of which around 1120 are studying within the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Staff Numbers: There are 1625 staff in Staffordshire University with approximately 100 staff in SEAT. Staff in the school range from Deans, Academics, and Research staff to Technical and Administration staff, all of whom play a vital role in the running of the school and aiding students with their studies. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 4
    • Overview and background to the Programme Introduction The BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology with Management award is within the Media, Entertainment and Communications Programme which consists of a number of awards that are studied on a full or part time basis. All named Awards lead to a Bachelor of Science with honours, BSc (Hons). The named award you select is underpinned by the following criteria: The first level of all the awards provides you with the fundamental skills and understanding in the areas of: basic technology principles, computer literacy, business management and study skills. If you were to leave after your first year and have 120 credits at level 1, you would be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education. You will have gained a basic knowledge of the technology implicit in your chosen field. Level 2 of your course develops the skills and knowledge attained in your first year. It also has more focus on the specific area of your chosen field. At the end of level 2, you will have the opportunity to take a year out in industry. We find that students who take such a placement period return to their studies with a broader outlook and with increased vigour. They often find employment more readily on graduation. We always recommend a placement where one is possible. If you were to leave after your second year and have 240 credits, 120 of which must be at level 2, you would be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education. You will have attained a more detailed knowledge of the technology involved in your Award area and have a broad appreciation of how this technology can be applied. At level 3 you will apply, and further develop, your skills, knowledge and understanding. Your final year project is the ideal opportunity to demonstrate your ability to direct your own learning and continue your own personal development. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 5
    • What is the programme about? The named awards in this programme are based around the concept of bridging the technology gap between technology and computing studies. They are intended to develop your understanding of the role of media, entertainment and communications technology in business and commerce. They are also intended to develop your own managerial skills. All Awards within the Programme have common objectives, on completion of an award you should be able to: • Implement and evaluate technology in a business environment. • Manage technology systems. • Manage information systems. • Specify and manage computer based resources. BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology with Management The BSc Honours Degree Course in Film Production Technology with Management involves digital film making and an understanding and utilisation of the technology behind it in a business and management context, along with the new media technologies with which it has common links. The course is made up of digital film, video, business and management and other related media technology, and offers an unusually high ratio of practical acquisition and post-production. Film Production Technology with management graduates are able to offer a wide range of new media technology skills ranging from digital programme acquisition and production to web and multimedia design and management skills. The course is digital throughout and designed to allow students open access to the best industry standard equipment, readying them for the demanding production environments that will be meet when they graduate. Many people in film and television sectors work for themselves. The business elements in the Film Production Technology course shows how to set up a own production company, while also preparing students for work under contract or as a freelance operators. We encourage applications from all social, gender, ethnic and economic groups. Our aim is to create a rich environment of study where everyone’s individual culture and experiences provide as important a contribution to the student experience as the University itself. How does the year in the workplace fit in? _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 6
    • The optional placement comes at the end of your second year. This involves putting into practice the skills and knowledge you have gained over the previous two years. You will, of course, gain experience in the operational side of business and will continue to expand your own knowledge base. The period of supervised work experience will comprise a minimum of 36 weeks and will normally take place between Level 2 and Level 3 (It could, under some circumstances, be offered at a later stage). If taken at the normal time, a maximum period of the order of 60 weeks is available. During your placement, a University tutor will visit you at your workplace. They will assess the quality of your contribution to the needs of your employer. They will also offer advice on the completion of the necessary reports, to be submitted on your return. This period of supervised work experience enables you to gain experience to support and complement your studies. You are required to work under the supervision of a senior manager in seeking solutions to problems identified as being of importance to the employer. In this way, you are able to apply much of the knowledge and skills gained at Level 1 and Level 2 and to appreciate the relevance of the academic studies. It is also possible that the employer will evaluate your potential, through observing your performance over a prolonged period, with a view to offering permanent employment on graduation. The year’s placement work is assessed by several reports you submit at the end of the placement. There is also a formal interview. One report is used to describe a project you were involved in during your placement. The second report outlines an aspect of the commercial operation of the employer. As part of the assessment, a representative from the placement company will be invited to joint an assessment interview panel on your return to the University. On graduation all students, who have taken a placement year, will be awarded a Sandwich Degree. This will be indicated on your final certificate. If you would like to incorporate an industrial placement as part of your study programme you should consult the placements officer within the School who will be able to advise and assist you. You should be aware that the demand for placements is high and so we cannot guarantee a placement for you. You are encouraged to seek your own placement if you are able to do so. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 7
    • Award Nomenclature What is a module? A module is a component of your award typically lasting for one semester. Each module has distinct educational objectives, clearly defined contents and is associated with a ‘field’. Each module is assessed separately and contributes to your progress through the award. A standard module represents 10 credit points and is the equivalent of 80 hours total learning time. Learning time comprises a combination of contact with staff through lectures, seminars or tutorials, and independent study on your part. While the balance varies according to the module, staff contact time is usually no more 40% of the total learning time. The credits attached to a module also have a level of currency determined, normally, by the year of the award the module is taken. For example, first year modules are rated at level 1, second year at level 2 and third year at level 3. You must gain a total of 360 credits before you can be awarded an honours degree. This must be comprised of not more than 120 credits at level 1 and at least 120 credits at level 3. What is a semester? The academic year is split into two semesters, odd and even. Level 1 contains semesters 1 and 2. Level 2 has semesters 3 and 4. Level 3 has semesters 5 and 6. Semesters 1, 3 and 5 are termed ‘odd semesters’. They are assessed using in-course assessment. Semesters 2, 4 and 6 are ‘even’ semesters. They are assessed using a mixture of in- course assessment and formal examinations. The teaching element of all semesters is 12 weeks. The current academic timetable is indicated on the University web site. It is also available from the School Office. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 8
    • What are core modules? The award has a total of 12 modules in each year. Modules that are referred to as core (indicated by a C on the award structure) are mandatory. You have to study these modules. Core modules will be studied at all 3 levels of your Award. What are elective modules? At level one you will study 10 core modules. The other two modules, one in each semester, will be elective modules. We have suggested some which compliment the award, but you are free to choose from any which are available across the University, subject to timetable constraints. What are group option modules? Levels two and three also contain core modules, but the award now begins to specialise. At these levels we supply a list of general options (indicated by a “G” on the award structure.) These are modules selected to complement the award and that will broaden your study experience. The University also supplies a limited number of ‘themed’ group options, for example: environmental studies or a language. You may also select from this group as an alternative. What is a module handbook? At the beginning of each new module the Module Tutor will supply a module handbook. This module handbook details the content of the module as well as its aims and objectives. All assessment methods that will be used for the module should be explained and any in-course assessment described for you. If you do not receive a module handbook it is your responsibility to request one. You should receive your in-course assessment documentation as part of the module handbook. If it is not there, don’t worry. There is probably a good reason, but do ask the tutor for comment. The module handbook will also contain a teaching programme. It is your responsibility to use this programme wisely. For example, try to do some background reading before the topic is presented. What is a Personal Tutor? On enrolment you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor remains with you as a mentor, guide and confidante throughout your studies with us. We will organise general times for staff and students to meet but you should try to keep in touch with your tutor on a regular basis. What is a Module Tutor? A Module Tutor is the tutor responsible for the delivery and assessments of individual _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 9
    • modules. If there is a module-related problem, feel free to discuss this with them. Module Tutors from outside the Schools operate with the same policy, but you may find that they are based on a different site. What is an Award Tutor? An Award Tutor has responsibility for a particular course. Sometimes there may be more than one Award Tutor. This will happen when a course has a high number of students on it, or is run as a joint Award by two or more Schools. If you have any queries or concerns about your Award, your Award Tutor will be able to help you. What is an Award Programme Manager? An Award Programme Manager is responsible for a managing a group of related Awards. You may find that you are asked to consult the Programme Manager if your Award Tutor cannot process your query. Curriculum You will develop a range of skills, both subject based intellectual skills and transferable skills. The skills that will be developed are outlined in the University Statement “Graduate Profile _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 10
    • of Skills and Personal Characteristics”. In addition to this skill set, these awards will be informed by the draft guidelines for Benchmark Standards in Engineering, produced by QAA. Skills matrices have been produced to indicate where skills are developed across the curriculum and are published in this handbook as well as the curriculum’s modular content. The University Skills Profile can be divided into the following headings: • intellectual skills The development of an understanding of the body of knowledge that supports technology, and an appreciation of the context of that knowledge, its principles and nature • application of number To develop analysis and an understanding of the application of technology, all students will be expected to develop their numerical abilities • communication All students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and become proficient in communication both orally and written, and in the use of technology for communication • teamworking All students will be provided with the opportunity for collaborative learning, to allow development of team working skills and to learn how to operate as an effective member of a group • problem solving All students will be expected to develop the ability to identify and solve problems, by evaluation and analysis, either as an individual or a group activity • use of information technology Students will develop appropriate skills in the use of IT, for solving problems in technology, for communication and for learning • personal skills for lifelong learning Students will be encouraged to develop their learning style and to understand their strengths and weaknesses, to enable them to become self aware and capable of engaging with lifelong learning. LEVEL 1 This semester introduces students to the basic principles of film technology and business, and seeks to place those principles in their current and historical context. It also gives students the learning and study skills required for academic life. This semester 2 builds on the foundations laid in semester one and introduces additional and more advanced technological and business skills. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of electrical and electronic components and systems, and be introduced to the principles of scriptwriting. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 11
    • Mod No Title SEMESTER ONE EN40142-1 Learning Foundations C EN40134-1 Introduction to Digital Film Technology 1 (x2) C BS2001 British Business Environment C BS28705-1 Introduction to Marketing C Elective E SEMESTER TWO EN2881 Principles of Technology A C EN Introduction to Digital Film Technology 2 (x2) C EN40065-1 Script Writing for Technologists C EN437-1 Internet and HTML Technology Systems C Elective E C CORE module - must be taken E Elective – Level 1 module choice from Elective List E* For students without a music background, Basic Music Principles is mandatory G General Option Groups – module choice from GOG list provided O Subject Option – module choice from Specific Subject Options available LD Long Double module – one module spanning 2 semesters (20 CATS) x2 accounts for 2 modules (20 CATS) Introduction to Digital Film Technology 1 Introduction to digital acquisition and the technology involved in producing a five-minute digital video programme to a given brief. Students will gain an understanding of digital camera design technology and use, digital audio recording technology, and digital editing using Media 100 software. History of Film Technology This module aims to give students a critical appreciation and understanding of the technological development of the film production process. Traditionally a combination of engineering - mechanical, optical and electrical - and chemistry, film production has become increasingly technology driven, in post-production and, most recently, in pre- production and principal photography. BS200-1 British Business Environment This module introduces and analyses the environment within which British business operates. Students will consider the nature of the 'economic problem' and its application to business, individuals and government. Examine the changing structure of industry and of competition and recognise the characteristics of different market structures, and apply to the computing and technology sectors. BS28705-1 Introduction To Marketing In modern industrial and commercial society, business activities cover a wide range of operational areas. This module highlights the role which marketing occupies within these activities. Although a passing knowledge of these base disciplines will assist in gaining an understanding of marketing, it is not necessary to have studied any of them in great depth. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 12
    • This module is designed to provide the student with an introduction to marketing and to provide a firm foundation for further studies in this subject. EN288-1 Principles Of Technology A This module introduces students to fundamental electrical and electronic components and systems. The treatment will emphasise a systems approach and eschew detailed circuit analysis techniques. Students will gain an appreciation of simple electronic systems. They will be able to perform a range of basic electrical/electronic measurements in the laboratory. Introduction to Digital Film Technology Building on the introduction to digital acquisition and the technology in Semester 1, students will produce a five minute digital video. They will gain a more in-depth understanding of camera operations including shot type and angle, creating and using depth of field and basic cinematographic principles. Students will also work with basic lighting set-ups in the studio and be introduced to the principles of location lighting. EN40065-1 Script Writing For Technologists 1 Students will learn the basic principles of screenwriting. This will include correct formatting, story structure, character construction and narrative style. They will consider the planning and research required to produce a Treatment Document, including technical considerations and technological techniques to be used. Students will produce of a short script based on the above. They will gain an understanding of the planning and researching the development of a script, within a technological and dramatic framework. EN437-1 Internet And Html Technology Systems This module will introduce the technology of the Internet and WWW to Multimedia Systems and Technology courses, and familiarise students with simple WWW authoring tools in order to promote their understanding of the technology involved. Students will gain an understanding of the concept of the Internet and its standards, how multimedia elements combine within a hypertext document, and understand how hypertext documents are interpreted. LEVEL 2 The Level 2 Film and Management Award provides the opportunity to develop technical skills in film, 3D and multimedia production. Knowledge of these technical elements, combined with related management issues assists an all round understanding of both business and production techniques. Mod No Title SEMESTER THREE EN40109-2 Digital Film C EN40022-2 Applications of 3D (LD) C EN40066-2 Script Writing for Technologists 2 (x2) C Choose two options from the following EN189-2 Events Management (LD) G EN40066-2 Broadcasting Services Management G _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 13
    • BSF26005-2 Accounting for Leisure and Tourism G SEMESTER FOUR EN280-2 Multimedia applications (Director) (x2) C EN40022-2 Applications of 3D (LD) C EN40019-2 Video Production (x2) C Choose one of the following options EN189-2 Events Management (LD) G LW102-2 Legal environments of Business G BSF26005-2 Accounting For Leisure Sport & Tourism To provide a framework to financial management, accounting for decision-making and performance evaluation in the context of the leisure, sport and tourism industries. EN 40109-2 Digital Film Production To provide an understanding of the digital technology used in video production. This includes analogue and digital cameras and special effects using Adobe After Effects. Other main topics include digital video data rates and display technology. EN40022-2 Applications Of 3D An Introduction to the creation of 3D objects and animations, using 3D studio max or similar software. EN40066-2 Script Writing For Technologists 2 The practical development of a shooting script and a screenplay, that includes technological and production directions. EN189-2 Events Management For Technologists Introduction to planning, management and technological support, particularly with relation to team, facilities and events, such as sports competitions, stage shows, film festivals and conferences. EN280-2 Multimedia Applications Design of multimedia project. Utilising animation, digital video, interactivity with sound and hypertext links. Introduction to the Lingo scripting language and methods for optimising files for CD-ROMs. EN40019-2 Video Production Devising, researching and producing a digital film using non-linear editing suites and video production equipment. Teamwork plays a primary objective of this assignment. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 14
    • LEVEL 3 Level 3 provides balanced skills of advanced video production with strong business and management techniques. Students should be able to analyse, apply and produce technically diverse video productions backed with powerful business solutions. Mod No Title SEMESTER FIVE EN182-3 Project (x2) C BSF27201-3 Strategic Management (LD) C EN40124-3 Digital manipulation in Time-based Audio and C Image Production EN40037-3 Managing Technological Solutions C Choose two of the following options BS463-3 Research Methods G EN40152-3 Advanced 3D Applications (LD) G EN40102-3 DVD Technology and Authoring (if you pick this G in Semester 6 you can not pick it in Semester 5) SEMESTER SIX EN182-3 Project (x2) C _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 15
    • EN243-3 Video Recording and Production C BSF27201-3 Strategic Management C EN2107-3 Digital Broadcasting C Choose one of the following options EN40152-3 Advanced 3D Applications (LD) G EN40102-3 DVD Technology and Authoring (if you pick this G in Semester 5 you can not pick it in Semester 6) EN 40102-3 DVD Technology and Authoring As we all know DVD is big business and enables high quality sound and image direct to our homes. The DVD Technology module introduces the DVD industry, the formats, MPEG encoding of media, how to author and create a full DVD production with Sonic’s Reel DVD. EN2107-3 Digital Broadcasting With the advent of digital signals being broadcast directly into our homes this module presents a technological study into the mechanisms that deliver the digital content. Students will study the theoretical aspects of broadcasting and media streaming. Looking at video compression techniques for broadcasting and streaming. Concluding in the setting up of live streaming servers delivering media to the world. EN243-3 Video Recording And Production This module is a team-based project to develop advanced lighting techniques, cinematography and postproduction techniques. Utilising skills from the previous two years the team are to analyse and apply advanced skills in media production using a new NLE, Avid Express DV. EN40124-3 Digital Manipulation Of Time Based Audio And Image Production An analysis of technical elements in relation to analogue, digital film and audio production. Introduction to waveform generation and the application of waveform software to digital audio and film. BSF27201-3 Strategic Management The module aims to develop an understanding of the nature, purpose and role of Strategic Analysis and Implementation in the direction of organisations. Semester one focuses on the concepts, models and techniques employed to analyse key strategic issues. Semester two concentrates on: identification and evaluation of strategic options and development of appropriate corporate level responses. BS463-3 Research Methods This module involves Ideas generation, reviewing and evaluating literature, research approaches and strategies and ethical issues. Then moving on to sampling techniques, observational and interview research, questionnaire design and analysing quantitative data. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 16
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    • Teaching and learning methods Learning to learn is one of the hardest things you will have to overcome. To prepare yourself for your studies the following book may be of value: The Good Study Guide, A Northedge, Open University, ISBN 0-7492-00044-8 How is learning facilitated? The award has been designed to take into account the diverse nature of its students. In particular it has modules contained within it which develop your study skills and which promote the philosophy of life-long learning. Staffordshire University is committed to implementing BLC (Building a Learning Community). This is in recognition of the need to focus on student learning. To this end the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology is active in developing modules for delivery by resource based distributed learning. This involves using visual learning environments such as Lotus Learning Space, where appropriate, and in providing a suitable physical environment which encourages independence and ownership of learning. We use a combination of teaching methods on the award. Modules are delivered in a variety of ways. Some involve lectures, seminars or workshops given by specialist tutors who have experience in the appropriate academic field. Other modules are more open ended in their delivery and involve teams of tutors. There is always an emphasis on the student learning experience as being central to the module. The tutor acts as a learning facilitator. Their role is to guide you through their specific module. Quite often, the guiding is through a tutorial programme or through project work. In each instance, the tasks assigned have been designed to enable you to develop your skills as well as to assimilate the core information. You have a significant part to play in the learning process by complying with the study guides and module handbooks given out by the Module Tutors. The development of your interpersonal and communication skills is an essential part of this learning process. To this end, project work and teamwork are an integral part of the learning strategies you will experience. Self-study / directed reading You will find that ALL modules contain a large proportion of time allocated to student based learning activities. You should use this time wisely. Most modules contain elements of practical, computer based or tutorial based work. This is not necessarily homework or assessed work, but it is directed. It is your responsibility to manage your time and work so that all modules are treated equally. Do not allow one or two modules to dominate your self-study. It is important that you try to do all the work that you have been given. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 18
    • Many modules contain Tutorial sessions, you can ask your Module Tutor for advice and guidance on your self-study performance; but this is hard to answer if you have not attempted any self-study. The library is a valuable information source. It contains journals, magazines, newspapers and computer based / multimedia information sources, as well as many textbooks. Use it, your fees pay for it! The library also has quiet study rooms available for your use. Group based assignments An important part of this award is developing your ability to work in a team. You will find that a number of assignments will be group based. These can be laboratory exercises, case studies or research projects. In all cases, you rely upon others and they, in turn, are reliant on you. Many group projects include self-assessment and peer-assessment (being marked by other groups or your group members). These assessment methods develop your critical appraisal skills. Be honest, but be fair. Lectures Most modules contain a proportion of staff-student contact, based around a weekly lecture. You should learn to draw information from lectures, as they are not repeated. You cannot re-read a lecture, so be sure to develop your note taking skills. Don’t treat lectures as an isolated event. You should prepare yourself in advance. Try to do some background reading. Read the notes you have taken in previous lectures. The module handbook will give a teaching programme, use it. Work in study groups and discuss the lecture afterwards. Most important of all, do not file your notes away and leave them unread. Look at them and read them regularly, re-formulate them and discuss them. Do not always expect a lecture on every topic covered in a module. You may well be expected to research and study some aspects by yourself. Study groups Try to form study groups. You will find that working in a group can help. The groups you formulate in your first year of study can often stay together to the final year, and often beyond. In some modules, you will be expected to work in a group as part of the assessment process. This is the ideal opportunity to practice and develop your team working skills. Use of Information Technology The use of IT in all assignment work is encouraged. You will be expected to become _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 19
    • familiar with the use of the following: • Word-processing package (Word) • Spreadsheet package (Excel) • Database (Access) • Presentations and Diagrams (PowerPoint) • Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator) • Electronic Mail The packages in brackets, ( ), are those which are available as standard across the university. The use of IT in assignments will be beneficial to your assessment mark. A proportion of the total mark is often based on presentation. Some modules are based around the use of specific software. Where this is the case, tuition on the software, or case studies developing your skills in using the software, will be given. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 20
    • Internet - World Wide Web The Internet is becoming a teaching medium. Some modules are managed via the World Wide Web. The School of Engineering and Advanced Technology's web site is: If the Internet is going used for specific teaching purposes, you will be informed by your Module Tutor. However, the Internet holds valuable research and background material for all projects, essays and coursework. Be aware that the Internet is one amongst many resources and do not let it control your study time. Study time is a precious resource and should be used wisely. All staff are accessible via e-mail. A directory of key staff is given in the University Handbook and on our web sites. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 21
    • Assessment How am I assessed? You are assessed separately for each module that you undertake. The assessments may come in the form of project solutions, in-course assignments, essays, reports, group presentations, individual presentations, research proposals and examinations. The specific assessment criteria, against which your performance will be evaluated, will be explained and given to you by the tutor responsible for that module. The assessment of your work fulfils two functions and is considered to be an important part of your learning process. First of all, assessment is used to inform you of your academic progress through your award. Secondly, it assists you in the development of the essential qualities looked for by today’s employers. For each module, the assessment strategy has been designed to reflect the nature and culture of the subject area. The award management structure ensures an even distribution of assessment strategies across the whole award. Are there common assessment criteria? In addition to the specific assessment criteria relevant to each module, some or all of the following criteria will also be used. In your work we will look for evidence of the ability to select, apply and extend your knowledge in the your chosen award area. Your solutions must exhibit appropriate considerations of creativity, analysis and implementation as indicated by the module content. We would usually expect to see some evidence of creative and inventive ability. You will be expected to show an understanding of marketing and the needs of the end user. You will be expected to design solutions and demonstrate the ability to research and discover relevant information. You must demonstrate skills in the communication and presentation of your research. We will expect you to be able to apply clear, analytical thinking with regard to both practical work and written assignments. The above list may appear to be daunting. Don’t worry. You will develop greatly over the next three/four years and will attain the skills and abilities necessary to meet these different criteria. At each level of your studies, you will be expected to have achieved an increasing degree of competence in these areas. Level 1 common assessment criteria _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 22
    • At the conclusion of level 1, you will have studied a range of topics aimed to increase your understanding of the fundamental principles related your chosen award area, IT and technology, numerical techniques and programming skills. You will have developed your study skills and will be conversant with the role that IT has to play in the area of interpersonal communication. This will provide you with the underpinning techniques for the higher level modules. Level 2 common assessment criteria Level 2 is aimed at broadening and developing the areas met in level 1. You will be expected to apply the fundamental principles met in level 1, apply problem solving techniques and develop your competence in applying a high level of knowledge and skills. Level 3 common assessment criteria The award has its individual assessment emphasis in the various subject areas, but each contains a degree of commonality. The main areas of commonality being − Being able to critically appraise − Being able to develop specifications − Being able to develop solutions to problems − Being able to drive a team Assessment methods In-course assessment In-Course Assessment (ICA) can take many forms. It is probable that you will meet one or more of the following example forms of ICA: • Laboratory reports • Group projects • Essays • Phase tests • Assignments containing sample tutorial questions • Working folders • Case studies _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 23
    • Assessment methods continued In all cases any physical documentation, written work, drawn work or computer based work must be handed in through the School Office. School of Engineering and Advanced Technology: Room C224, 2nd Floor, C Block, Beacon Building. The office will issue you with a receipt for your work. This helps when claims of 'lost work' arise. The receipt and your work are stamped with the date it was handed in, and can be used for the basis of late submission penalties detailed in the student regulations. You should keep your receipts safely and in a legible condition. All students have a laboratory rota. You must make yourself aware of your laboratory group allocation and make yourself attend all laboratory sessions. It is very likely that laboratory based assignments will have a large proportion of the module’s mark allocated to 'doing the work' as opposed to just producing a document. The module tutor will tell you the assessment criteria of all In Course Assessment before you attempt it. This information is given in the module's handbook. Class tests or phase tests, where used, are held during or at the end of semesters 1, 3 and 5. These are similar to examinations. Examinations Some modules contain formal examinations. Formal examinations are only held at the end of EVEN semesters. The examinations are normally 2 or 3 hours long. You will find that different modules have different examination styles. Some favour multiple choice type papers, some ask you to solve a problem showing all working. In each case the examination type has been appropriately selected to test your knowledge, understanding or appreciation of the module's content. The examination timetable is normally displayed on the boards in C150, 1st floor, C block, Beacon Building at least 2 weeks before the examinations are held. The weeks in which the examinations are sat is set well in advance of you starting and you can find these on the University Academic Calendar. The examinations are normally held at Trentham Gardens. Make sure you know where this is. Transport is provided from the Beaconside campus _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 24
    • Group / individual presentations These assessment presentations may be for delivery to a seminar group or to your tutor. Oral presentations are normally assessed by staff and by peer appraisal. The individual project The final year project is a 40 CATS points module. This means that it is equivalent to 4 individual modules. It is based on student centred learning and the emphasis is on you to do the work required. It is important to remember that failure of the project constitutes a failure of the whole award. The project proposal is an individually negotiated plan and rough draft of content and methodology, for your final report. The topic area is to be related to your named award. You will need to sign up with an individual Tutor who will guide the direction of your proposal and final report. More specifically they will give you guidance on an appropriate area of research, methods for researching your topic, ways of assimilating and synthesising the information collected and of presenting the final report. The project report is typically 8000 words in length. It is an account of an academic research project whose proposal has been agreed as described above. The report must be based on sound research and exhibit a high degree of critical analysis and evaluation. Case studies Case studies normally investigate a current solution to a problem that is in common use. A case study is often seen as a vehicle for topic integration. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 25
    • Assessment grades At all levels your work is graded according to a number between 1 to 15. The grade points are scaled such that grade point 1 constitutes a very poor performance, grade point 15 constitutes an excellent performance. Where you are required to present more than one piece of work for assessment, e.g. two written assignments, each assignment is marked separately. Usually it will be necessary for you to achieve a minimum of grade point 2 in each assignment in order to pass the module and to gain the necessary credits. Please refer to the University Handbook for more detailed information. A copy of which is available on the Internet: Assessments In an effort to reduce 'bunching' of in-course assessment the award tutor will negotiate with module tutors to stagger their hand-in dates. This is not always possible and you may find a number of assessments being required on the same day. We attempt to reduce this to a minimum. All assignments have a hand-in-date allocated, you must adhere to it. In order to keep track of late submission, all work to be handed in is done so via a nominated hand-in point. These are usually the School Offices. For these awards the School Office for handing in assessed work is:- The School of Engineering and Advanced Technology: C224. 2nd Floor C Block Beacon Building What if I am late in submitting work for assessment? The guidelines for late submission are stipulated in the University’s Student Regulations. Failure to meet specified hand-in deadlines will result in your work being treated as non-submission. What if I am ill? It is important that you inform us immediately if you are absent through illness. This absence must be supported by a Doctors’ certificate. This is particularly important if the illness causes you to miss an assessment. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 26
    • Extensions to assessment deadlines If illness or other factors have adversely affected your performance on a module and you know that you cannot meet the assessment deadline you should file an Extenuating Circumstances claim form, available from either School Office. You must make yourself aware of the regulations stipulated in the University Handbook. Academic Dishonesty Please refer to the University Handbook for a detailed explanation of Academic Dishonesty. A copy of this handbook can be found on the Internet: Anyone found committing plagiarism will be strictly dealt with, in accordance with the University regulations. Is there an assessment feedback process? We will endeavour to give you details of your assessment progress in line with the University Undergraduate Awards grading system. We will aim to also give you as much additional feedback as possible in small seminar-based groups, or individually if requested. What happens if I am unsuccessful? It is University policy that if you fail either all or part of the assessment for a module, you have the right to be reassessed on - one subsequent occasion at all levels The maximum grade you can then gain will be a pass in that component of the module. The University Regulations highlight your right to appeal against decisions, which you believe, have been unfairly reached. It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the University's regulations _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 27
    • Admissions Admission requirements The Recruitment Team is responsible for the processing of applications and the admission of students onto named awards within the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Please check with them for the most up to date admissions information. The normal minimum qualifications for admission onto a BSc (Hons) Technology Programme award will be either: 1. two subjects at Advanced GCE 2. one VCE Double Award 3. two six unit Advanced VCE’s 4. one Advanced GCE and one six unit Advanced VCE 5. a Scottish Certificate of Education with passes in five separate subjects, ofwhich three are at the Higher grade 6. two subjects at Scottish Advanced Higher 7. an EDEXCEL BTEC or SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma at a good standard 8. a kitemark standard pass on a recognised Access course (validated by an Authorised Validating Agency – AVA) 9. an award of the European Baccalaureate with at least 60% overall; English at 60% 10. an award of the International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 24 points; English at four points or 11. an award of the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five Higher passes. Related Study Areas A related study area is one which the admissions tutor deems to be acceptable for entrance to a particular named award. The Technology Awards Programme Management Committee welcomes applications from students with various experiential backgrounds. Prospective students are encouraged seek advice on the applicability of their portfolio of study from the admissions tutor. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Previous Experiential Learning (APEL) The APL or APEL will be dealt with in accordance with the Staffordshire University Modular Framework Regulations. Direct Entry to Level 2 If you have obtained an HND (or equivalent) in a relevant area of study you may be _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 28
    • eligible for direct entry to Level 2. You will receive 120 General Credits to replace units studied at Level 1. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 29
    • Management of the awards The Award Programme is primarily managed by the Award Programme Manager, who relies on feedback from Award Tutor as well as students, through the Staff- Student Liaison Committee. Staff-Student Liaison Committee The Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets on a Wednesday afternoon twice a semester. The aim of this committee is to give students the opportunity to air opinions, report and support good areas and air grievances about their learning experience in a formal surrounding. The composition of the committee will normally be Award Programme Manager (Chair) Award Tutors Action Point Secretary Student Representatives Learning Resources representatives. The students will elect the student representatives in induction week, or the nearest available time, on the basis of 1 representative per level per programme. The committee holds the right to alter this number if and when it sees fit. The student representatives will elect three representatives (one from each level) to sit on the School Board The committee will publish action points resulting from the discussions. The communication between the various committees, the role of student participation and the inter-connection with the School Board are highlighted in Figure 1 overleaf. Student representatives forum The student representatives are encouraged to organise their own meetings on a regular basis (normally once a month). The actions from this meeting is reported to: The award tutor, etc., for urgent action points The staff-student liaison committee for information, or action The award programme manager for information This forum enables the students to benefit from shared experience and fosters cross level participation. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 30
    • Figure 1 – Award Management Feedback Process School Board Reports to School Quality Development Student Reports representation to Technology Programmes Staff-Student Liaison Committee Award tutors University Student representatives forum bodies Etc., Student Representatives One Level 1 student One Level 2 student One level 3 student (Subject to student numbers) R _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 31
    • Award day-to-day management Award Tutors manage the awards on a day to day basis. Each named award has a named award tutor. The role of the award tutor is to: - Involve the students in discussions about award management issues - Conduct the initial stages of monitoring for quality control purposes. - Provide a forum for feedback on students learning experience. - Liaise with module tutors vis-à-vis assessment strategies. - Maintain the academic profile of the award. - Develop strategies for maintaining the ‘shelf life’ of the award. Module Management Each module will have a Module Tutor. The role of the module tutor is to: - Ensure the efficient interpretation and delivery of the module - Make arrangements for all assessment requirements. - Ensure all relevant student work is assessed for submission to the assessment board - Implement regular module evaluation via student feedback. Submit findings to the Award Programme Manager. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 32
    • Placement and Work Experience Information Supervised work experience Students may undertake a period of supervised work experience, which normally comprises a minimum of 36 weeks and will normally take place between Level 2 and Level 3 (It could, under some circumstances, be offered at a later stage). If taken at the normal time a maximum period of the order of 60 weeks is available. During the period of placement the student will be visited by a University tutor who will assess the quality of experience being provided for the student and offer advice on the completion of the necessary reports. The placement will be project based, and experience has shown that students normally make a worthwhile contribution to the employing company in return for the experience gained. The School currently employs a Placements Co-ordinator to administer all aspects of placements and assessments associated with supervised work experience. They will have a Placement Information Pack, which will offer guidance on assessment and so on. Students who enrol for the industrial placement can be sponsored by a company or can be based in the University. University Based Students The University assists in finding a suitable placement for each student who wishes to pursue the sandwich route and is without a sponsor, either in the UK or the EU. The selection procedure will normally take place during Level 2. All students who wish to obtain a placement will be expected to devote time and effort to this activity, which will be planned wherever possible to fit in with the scheduled study programme. Students who wish to find their own placements will be encouraged to do so, but the University will vet all such arrangements in order to assess their suitability. Sponsored Students The sponsored student has an agreement with an employer who undertakes to provide appropriate training and experience during the placement period, and often during University vacations. A University tutor will visit the student and liaise with the company to affirm the student's programme in order to ascertain that, as far as possible, it meets the stated objectives. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 33
    • The University, in accepting its responsibility, will set the following conditions: • Students will be given the opportunity to express preferences on the type of industry, company and its location and to state any special wishes on the type of work to be carried out. The University will make every effort to accommodate such requests but no guarantees can be given. The offer of a placement is binding on the student and there is no opportunity to "pick and choose". • Students have an obligation to accept placement anywhere in the UK unless there are cogent and authenticated reasons for wanting to work in a particular area. • Students who decline the offer of a placement, or who use an interview deliberately to avoid being offered a placement, may lose their entitlement to a sandwich award. • Students who fail to obtain a placement despite the best endeavours of themselves and the Placement Administrator will be referred to the Award Tutor for appropriate action. This will often mean the student being advised to transfer to the full-time route. • Students who wish to find their own placement are required to consult the Placement Administrator for advice and also to enable contact to be made between the company and the University. This is necessary in order that the University may assess the suitability of the placement as satisfying the aims and objectives of supervised work experience. Students must not formally accept the offer of such a placement without having gained the approval of the Placement Administrator. In cases where there is doubt concerning the suitability of the placement, the Placement Administrator will consult the Award Tutor or the Awards Programme Manager. • Students who elect to study language modules at Level 1 and Level 2 will be given preference in the allocation of placements in the EU. An acceptable standard of competence in the appropriate language is expected, and the Placement Administrator may consult the language tutors in assessing the suitability of a student for placement abroad. • Before students embark on their placement, they will be given a detailed account of the purpose of the placement and a statement as to what is expected of them. They will also receive a clear description of the assessment procedures that will be held on their return to the University. Towards the end of the period of placement, the University tutor and the company representative will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the student's experience and performance during the placement. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 34
    • Administrative support for the Awards Administrative support for all the awards, and the maintenance of up to date student information, is the responsibility of the Administrative and Clerical Staff within the School. They are co-ordinated by the School Administrator. The staff are organised into teams responsible for different activities, relating to the provision and quality assurance of awards and modules. The Student Information/Assessments Team is responsible for the organisation of assessments and examinations and for maintaining student information in accordance with procedures relating to the Modular Award Management System. Students’ files are maintained by the School Office Supervisor. The Quality Assurance Team provide support to all other teams within the Schools with responsibility for award development, monitoring and review. The QA Team is also responsible for maintaining quality assurance systems and procedures associated with modules and awards. They also provide support to the Assessment and Award Boards. They are responsible for producing action points of meetings and for notifying board and committee members of venues and agendas. Records of meetings are circulated to all members with a central copy retained for the file. Recruitment and admissions activities are co-ordinated from the Recruitment Centre and staff within this Team provide support for marketing, advertising, publicity and recruitment and industrial liaison. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 35
    • Assessment Regulations Regulations pertaining to all aspects of assessment including retrieval of failure, limitations on progress, cheating and plagiarism are detailed in the Staffordshire University Modular Undergraduate Framework Regulations available from the University website. The framework of assessment The framework of assessment will be as detailed in the Staffordshire University Modular Undergraduate Framework document and will make use of the existing fields of assessment in the University. Students should make themselves aware of the current university regulations stated in the University Handbook. Assessment Regulations Specific to the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. To pass any module, which is assessed by a combination of in-course assessment and examination, the student must achieve a minimum of grade point 2 (greater than 20%) in each element. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 36
    • Staffing and resources What resources does the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology offer? The School hosts a range of well-equipped laboratories, which are there to be used by students. Individual laboratories have academic staff and technical staff associated with them who strive to keep the equipment, documentation and exercises up to date. We always welcome helpful comments on all aspects of practical work. The School also provides computing facilities over and above those supplied by the University. Again, these are supplied for your use. School of Engineering and Advanced Technology academic staff have offices on the First, Second and Third Floors of C Block and the First Floor of D Block in the Beacon Building. You will find that they are often willing to discuss problems with coursework, for example, but please do remember that staff require study time too. Staff can always be contacted via e-mail if they are not available physically. A summary of study areas, laboratories and staff specialisms are given in the individual Schools’ Handbooks. Who are your Award Tutors? Peter Hughes For thirteen years Peter ran his own television production company. In this time he Directed and Produced 1,750 broadcasts, commercials, corporate and promotional programmes. He has worked for the BBC and others particularly in the field of lighting and camera techniques, but it is his experience of running his own business has given great wisdom in the workings of the Film and Video industry. Tim Dunning Tim has a wealth of technical experience in the film and video. He has used this experience as a Director and Editor for short promotional videos as well as being a Producer for filming of adverts, which require skills ranging from location finding and risk assessment, legal and financial aspects of production to technical trouble shooting. He is now working in the field of streaming of live broadcasts via the web. Heather Minchin Heather is an experienced scriptwriter. She has scripted, directed and produced countless pieces of work which have been exhibited and screened nation wide. Heathers work ranges in diversity from documentary style videos for the Institute of Marine Engineers to Theatre Production Videos. Peter Rudge _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 37
    • For fourteen year Peter worked as a freelance cameraman and writer. This has given him a vast knowledge of practical camera techniques for every eventuality. He is currently researching into the cutting edge area of Digital Cinematography. University resources Staffordshire University supplies a host of resources for study, recreation and social life. You should consult the relevant documentation or personnel for further information. University Information Centre The Information Centre can provide you with information, advice and guidance on a range of issues. These include: • Student Finance – Hardship funds, Emergency Loans, Bursaries • Student Records – Student ID Cards, LEA/Student Loan Company queries, Tuition fee queries, Council Tax Exemption, Award enrolment, confirmation of student status letters, other general university queries • Student Guidance – University regulation queries, academic appeals, if you are unhappy on your course, complaints • Examination and Conferments – Examination queries, academic transcripts, graduation ceremonies, certificates Student Accommodation queries should be taken to the accommodation office at Stafford Court. The information Centre is located Ground Floor Beacon Building Stafford Tel: 01785 353253 Opening hours: 9.00 – 5.00 Monday –Thursday and 9.00 – 4.30 Friday E-mail Website There is always someone available at the information desks to speak to you. So if you are just not sure who to contact for help then call into the Information Centre and if they cannot help then they will point you in the direction of someone who can. _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 38
    • Appendix A Skills Map _____________________________________________________________________ Film Production Technology with Management Student Handbook Page 39