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Small Scale Research Deadlines

  2. 2. DEADLINE Fri 6 th Nov <ul><li>UPDATE BLOGS – Everyone has to use a blog, use it as a tool to collate/ organise ideas, discuss research done so far, or discuss any problems you’re facing, use it as a research diary, and not some place to post research, as a folder will be more useful. </li></ul><ul><li>RESEARCH FOLDER – You need to have an organised research folder or some sort of box file were you keep written notes, articles, photocopies and internet research. This may be asked for by the external moderator. </li></ul>
  3. 3. DEADLINE Fri 13 th Nov <ul><li>PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM – Filled in a ready to be set off to exam board </li></ul><ul><li>The Project Proposal Form asks you to fill in the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Area of investigation - this is the subject of your research and may be written as a statement (Guy. Ritchie's representation of the gangster) or, if it helps focus your work, as a question (How does RocknRolla develop Guy Ritchie's interest in the representation of the gangster?), though questions tend to direct a project to predetermined answers, whereas statements tend to lead to findings. </li></ul><ul><li>Project context - the research project is carried out in relation to one of a predetermined set of contexts: star/performer, genre, auteur, social, political and cultural studies, gender issues, ethnicity, institution or technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus film and related films - you are expected to anchor the project on one film that will be the focus of the research, and in doing so make extensive reference to it. You should also list at least two other films you expect to reference as part of the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Research resources - not necessarily the research itself (as this form should begin your project), but a range of places you will go to obtain research (e.g. specific named libraries, books, magazines, archives, websites, people), </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor comment - which is where your tutor has the opportunity to identify his or her thoughts on and support for your project. It is possible that a tutor may identify issues of concern that you have discussed with him or her in order to seek moderator advice. </li></ul>
  4. 4. DEADLINE Fri 13 th Nov <ul><li>WATCH FILMS - Make notes pick out useful sequences (see pg 13 of booklet) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to make a focus film work for the project you could approach it by: </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying key scenes within it - ones that are powerful, provoke emotion or are essential for moving the plot forward. </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the narrative structure of the film, and any significant narrative devices used to tell the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Listing the key characters and their relationship to the area of investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Listing an important scene against each of these characters in which the area of investigation is prominent. </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the significant micro elements (cinematography, m/se-en-scene, performance, editing and sound) that have some bearing on the area of investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Listing any messages and values that are expressed in or by the film (you may want to identify where these appear). </li></ul><ul><li>In this way you build up useful in-depth knowledge of the film with which to compare other related films, and with which to illustrate any significant points arising from your research. </li></ul>
  5. 5. DEADLINE Fri 27 th Nov <ul><li>See pg14 of booklet and handout ‘Research the Essential Guide’ for assistance </li></ul><ul><li>PRIMARY RESEARCH </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Some ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a You Tube account upload key sequences from films and ask people to comment by posing questions in the video description box </li></ul><ul><li>Use to create questionnaires and surveys – it will collate results for you! </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a Internet Movie Database account as another way to collect research </li></ul>
  6. 6. DEADLINE Fri 27 th Nov <ul><li>SECONDARY RESEARCH </li></ul><ul><li>Books (purchase at least one!) </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>TV/Radio programmes </li></ul><ul><li>DVD Commentaries </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Use format on pg15 of booklets to help you log research </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to for guidance on writing a bibliography or list of references </li></ul>
  7. 7. DEADLINE Fri 4 th Dec <ul><li>ANNOTATED CATALOGUE </li></ul><ul><li>See pgs16-18 of booklet for assistance </li></ul><ul><li>When commenting on each item you should try (in five lines or fewer) to identify the following: </li></ul><ul><li>How the item relates to the area of investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>What value the item has offered the project. </li></ul><ul><li>The nature and reliability of its source. </li></ul><ul><li>How it compares to other items. </li></ul><ul><li>The basis for its inclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the Catalogue you should offer a brief paragraph identifying some items that were not selected for inclusion, and a rationale as to why this de­selection occurred. </li></ul>
  8. 8. DEADLINE Fri 4 th Dec <ul><li>ANNOTATED CATALOGUE </li></ul><ul><li>See pgs16-18 of booklet for assistance </li></ul><ul><li>You need to organise you research findings to be able to decide what to include in your catalogue of research. </li></ul><ul><li>Task: </li></ul><ul><li>Using four colours; colour code your research finding notes. (Putting a coloured dot in the corner of each of your completed summary sheets). </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the four colours will represent one of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on area of investigation (red) </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on project context (blue) </li></ul><ul><li>Useful background (green) </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting but not well related. (purple) </li></ul><ul><li>Then, you should give a number to each of the pages within each colour group – 1 being the most useful piece within the colour group and so on. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, you should be able to sort through all of your research and choose the most suitable items for your catalogue. </li></ul>
  9. 9. DEADLINE Fri 11 th Dec <ul><li>PRESENTATION SCRIPT – CHECK UP </li></ul><ul><li>See pgs19-21 of booklet for guidance </li></ul><ul><li>At this time I will expect to see the formation of a presentation script you should have clear ideas of what you want to present and what you want to include although the presentation script will not be fully realised. </li></ul>
  10. 10. DEADLINE Fri 18 th Dec <ul><li>PRESENTATION SCRIPT </li></ul><ul><li>The Presentation Script should be in a format suited to a presentation, and may: </li></ul><ul><li>be in note form </li></ul><ul><li>be bulleted or numbered </li></ul><ul><li>be short pieces of prose with reference to presentation material connecting them </li></ul><ul><li>use headings and subheadings. </li></ul><ul><li>It will clearly indicate where a piece of material will be inserted and will make attempts to ensure that the material used in the presentation is referenced and addressed by the script. Catalogue items referenced or used in the presentation should be indicated by Catalogue Item number. An essay format is not appropriate to this task, and will not attract the rewards that more innovative approaches will benefit from. </li></ul>