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Mac201 assessment1 advice 2012

  1. 1. MAC201ASSESSMENT 1 ADVICE 1
  2. 2. WEEK 3 NOW (AT THETIME I UPLOADED THIS!)Nearly half way though this section of the moduleBy the time you complete your essay you should have hit the100 hours point out of the 200 learning hours required forthis module 2
  3. 3. BY END OF WEEK 6Students will have had around:12 hours of lectures5-6 hours of seminars10+ hours of screenings(+ any additional tutorial time arranged outside of class) TOTAL ~28 hours of contact timeBy this date it is expected students will have done:60+ hours of independent researchi.e. 10+ hours per week of reading/watching/researching TOTAL ~88 (28+60) hours of research 3
  4. 4. BY END OF WEEK 6TOTAL ~88 (28+60) hours of researchThat leaves 12 hours for writing, editing, proof-reading andredrafting your essay.This is the minimum effort expected of students on a degreeIt is also an indication of the effort staff are expectingstudents to have undertaken as part of their blended learningKeep this in mind when it comes to your feedback 4
  5. 5. LET’S HAVE A LOOK ATTHE ASSESSMENT TASK 5
  6. 6. LET’S HAVE A LOOK ATTHE ASSESSMENT TASKThis assignment requires students to assess and criticallyanalyse one or two of the key issues, concepts or themes raisedin the Television Texts section of the module. The assignmentmust address the above by paying specific reference toexamples drawn from one of the following formats (ie applyconcept to textual example) : – Broadcast news (eg The Channel 4 News) – Political discussion show (eg Question Time) – Current affairs (eg Newsnight) – The talk show (eg The Jeremy Kyle Show) – Documentary (eg The War You Don’t See) – Reality television (eg The X-Factor) – Lifestyle television (eg How to Look Good Naked) 6
  7. 7. LET’S HAVE A LOOK ATTHE ASSESSMENT TASKThis assignment requires students to assess and criticallyanalyse one or two of the key issues, concepts or themes raisedin the Television Texts section of the module. The assignmentmust address the above by paying specific reference toexamples drawn from one of the following formats (ie applyconcept to textual example) : – Broadcast news (eg The Channel 4 News) – Political discussion show (eg Question Time) – Current affairs (eg Newsnight) – The talk show (eg The Jeremy Kyle Show) There are other TV – Documentary (eg The War You Don’t See) examples you can draw from. These – Reality television (eg The X-Factor) are merely – Lifestyle television (eg How to Look Good Naked) indicative. If in doubt, consult the module staff 7
  8. 8. PUT SIMPLY1 or 2 of these 1 of these IDEAS, CONCEPTS, ETC TELEVISION FORMATS News values Broadcast news Ideology Political discussion shows Impartiality Current affairs Public sphere Talk shows Plurality Celebrity Documentary Propaganda Reality television Distortion Lifestyle television ‘Dumbing down’ Infotainment Discourse Neoliberalism Governmentality Etc, etc 8
  9. 9. PUT SIMPLY1 or 2 of these 1 of these IDEAS, CONCEPTS, ETC TELEVISION FORMATS News values Broadcast news Ideology Political discussion shows Impartiality Current affairs Public sphere Talk shows Plurality Celebrity Documentary Propaganda Reality television Distortion Lifestyle television ‘Dumbing down’ Infotainment NB: you can use more than one Discourse example from a given genre, eg., Neoliberalism Big Brother and X-Factor Governmentality Etc, etc 9
  10. 10. PUT SIMPLY1 or 2 of these 1 of these IDEAS, CONCEPTS, ETC TELEVISION FORMATS News values Broadcast news Ideology Political discussion shows Impartiality Current affairs Public sphere Talk shows Plurality Celebrity Documentary Propaganda Reality television Distortion Lifestyle television ‘Dumbing down’ Infotainment Make sure you pick a concept that Discourse fits the format you are looking at. Neoliberalism For instance, news values can be Governmentality applied to broadcast news or Etc, etc current affairs content but less so with reality TV 10
  11. 11. FAQ BY STUDENTSThese questions emerged in 2011-12:1. What is a concept?2. What is the essay question?3. Can I use any television programme? 11
  12. 12. FAQ BY STUDENTS1) What is a concept?- A concept - a general notion or idea; conception. - an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct. - a directly conceived or intuited object of thought- In this regard it might be one of the notions or ideas that have been mentioned or raised in the lectures or in the readings you have encountered on the module 12
  13. 13. FAQ BY STUDENTS1) What is a concept?- Have a look in the module guide for each week and you’ll notice each week is prefaced with ‘Keywords’ (also on Sunspace in ‘Reading material’ section)- You will be familiar with this terminology from the academic journals you have been recommended throughout the module - Eg Harcup and O’Neill- These keywords are not all encompassing nor are they the only ideas addressed on the module.- If you have any doubts, ask a tutor 13
  14. 14. FAQ BY STUDENTS2) What is the essay question?- There is no essay question; it’s an assessment task- This means you have to demonstrate you understand the issue in question and can apply it to an example- This type of skill is a ‘step-up’ from Level 1 and it requires successful students to be not only knowledgeable, but evaluative and critical through analysis - If it makes is easier for you, try mentally reframing the task, eg., what are ‘news values’ and what can they tell us about contemporary broadcast news production? How have news values changed over time and what’s the impact of these changes? Or ‘To what extent is the documentary style of Louis Theroux ideological?’ 14
  15. 15. FAQ BY STUDENTS3) Can I use any television programme?- Providing it is clearly defined as factual television and fits the list in the assessment task- It would be advisable to cover those national formats you have access to (eg it is expected that British students will be familiar with British examples, but international perspectives are welcome from overseas students)- There may be extra issues you will need to take into account if you use examples from another country - Different broadcast codes or regulations - Different cultural conventions - Material taken out of context 15
  16. 16. SEE THE SAMPLEESSAYSThere are example essays on SunSpaceYou might want to address a different television format, but itshould give you an idea of the level of quality required if youexpect to do well. 16
  17. 17. AN EXAMPLEOne way to approach the assessment task is to do the following:- Define a concept - The public sphere was a concept coined by Jurgen Habermas in … It has been employed to explain a number of issues …- Discuss its application - The historical trajectory of the concept and its current applications. Where has it been used? Where has it been praised/critiqued? Who has commented on this work previously?- Attempt you own analysis/application - Show how this idea can be applied to an example, eg Question Time or The Wright Stuff etc. Be specific and detailed in the analysis- Summarize the merits or limits of the idea - Are there problems with the idea or its application? What does the idea tell us about the contemporary media as a conduit for democratic discussion? 17
  18. 18. REMEMBERWe are looking for evidence that you understand the concept athandThe best essays will demonstrate evidence of wide rangingknowledge (reading) and astute application of the concept to asuitable example2000-2500 words is quite a small word limit so the challenge willbe demonstrating that you know the issue or idea well enoughto not have to spend large tracts listing obvious information- E.g. there is no need for long lists of news values by Galtung & Ruge. Rather, a more sophisticated essay will be able to identify the salient points of their argument, perhaps by virtue of explaining more current debates around the subject, whilst being conscious of the criticisms and merits raised, while exploring this in the analysis 18
  19. 19. PLAN OF ACTIONMany students should have been reading extensively by the end ofweek 4.From then, you will have just over 2 weeks until submission.On the next slide I recommend you spend your time over that timeperiodThe expectation here is that you have undertaken ~50 hours ofbackground reading already so are comfortable with most of the keydebates (it generally takes 60-90 minutes to read a journalarticle, depending on length)I also expect you to be continuing on with your blended learning (it is akey skill for employers that you can multitask, time manage, delegateresponsibilities, and work to concurrent deadlines) 19
  20. 20. PLAN OF ACTION Approx. 10-16 hours needed Identify and Rough draft #2: Proof-reading: gather resources: ~ writing 2 hours ~ 1 hour ~ reading 3 hours ~ redraft 1 hour ~ notes 2 hoursSketch out Rough draft #1: Rough draft #3:essay plan: ~ writing 2 hours ~ writing 2 hours~ 500 words ~ redraft 1 hour ~ editing 1 hour~ 1 hour NOW SUBMISSION (Wk4) Cut-off point for Week 5 advice from staff Week 6 20 end end
  21. 21. ONE LAST THING…Staff are willing to look at any essay plans/structures youmight have well in advance of the deadlineStudents can expect staff to point them in the right directionof relevant and appropriate reading materialStaff are not meant to be pre-marking rough drafts of essaysStaff are not obliged to look at any work that has been left tothe last minute (ie 3 days before submission) 21

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