Critical Understanding : students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical issues and debates raised in both the practical and theoretical modules, make clear the range of theoretical positions in their work and provide evidence of depth of study.
The library leaflet explains how to make references. These sources should be listed at the end in the bibliography. This is very important , and should be followed carefully to avoid any possible suspicion that you are submitting work that is not entirely your own
Downloaded sections from Internet sites, text cut and pasted from CD-ROMs, or extracts from printed books, should never be used in academic contexts without full and explicit referencing to the source. Avoid using the Internet as the main source of your research, unless it is clearly a peer-reviewed academic source.
Correct referencing of source material, which you use in assessments is not just good practice, but also is a protection against allegations of the unfair practice of plagiarism.
Students are often expected to read widely in texts, journals or websites in preparation for assessments, but not to create a piece of work which is composed significantly of others’ words (even if referenced).
Your own ability to think, reflect, analyse, and synthesise needs to be assessed, not just your ability to select sources. You will be credited for your research and use of sources.
Identify the main areas of the question and write a précis of your argument.
Your work should contain an introduction, a discussion of your findings including an analysis of the issues you have identified as being relevant, and a conclusion
The body of your essay should contain a number of clearly defined areas of discussion - it makes it easier for you to organise your thoughts and easier for the reader to understand what you’re talking about
You must ensure that your arguments are clearly set out and that the points you make are easily understandable
Pythagoras’ experiments led to the short-lived but profoundly influential Pythagorean Brotherhood who sought to unite ‘religion and science, mathematics and music, medicine and cosmology, body, mind and spirit in an inspired and luminous synthesis’.
How can we use Pythagoras’ ideas today to further our understanding of music?
Carry out some research and put together a 500 – 700 word paper discussing some possible contemporary interpretations of these ancient theories.