University of the West of Scotland

Programme Specification

Session: 2018/19

Last modified: 21/05/2018 12:34:51

Named Award Title:BA Commercial Sound Production Single

Award Title for Each Award: BA  Commercial Sound Production

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)

School:School of Media, Culture and Society

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified by Regulation 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications.

The offer of the programme of study BA Commercial Sound Production is available to students that have successfully completed HND Sound Production, at NCL and appropriate HND courses from other FE establishments.


or GCE


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation


Other Required Qualifications/Experience


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

Music is one of the UK’s largest industries by export alone and the professionally accredited Commercial Sound Production course at the University of the West of Scotland aims to enable those with talent, drive and ability to forge a varied, lifelong career in areas such as sound engineering and production.

The programme structure is built across a strong central framework allowing for a relevant mix of core skills. Core modules will embody the major competencies required in the field while allowing for a nuanced delivery and assessment mode while options will offer specificity for individual students.

The programme is underpinned in current academic discourse around creative practice, professional practice and popular music / cultural studies, demonstrated by the prescribed literature, specificity of the learning outcomes and in the research-teaching linkages of the delivery team.  The programme offers a clear opportunity for the provision of student-centred learner pathways (UWS Corporate Strategy 2014-20) in to Honours study in Commercial Music or Music Technology and further towards the suite of Media, Culture & Society Masters programmes wherein creative practice-as-research is embedded as a core methodology.


Employability Skills & Personal Development Planning

The programme is fully aligned with institutional priorities around the development of graduate attributes and with the institutional policy on personal development planning. The mapping of programme and module learning outcomes and employability-integrated assessment ensures the visibility of graduate attributes, employability and citizenship competencies. Personal development is embedded and explicitly signposted in the curriculum, with students provided with regular opportunities to capture and evaluate progression and development, stimulating reflection, self-regulation and a more constructive engagement with employability. It is recognised that personal development planning is an essential component of lifelong learning and continuing and professional development. To support this activity, all students are provided withaccess to personal development planning tools and enabled to develop a personal e-portfolio across the programme.

In accordance with university guidelines on employability and personal development skills, the Commercial Sound Production degree adopts an enhancement-led and learner-centred approach.  Specifically, we utilise a research-led teaching approach underpinned by both scholarly activity and industry-facing, career-building skills intended to maximise ‘research-type’ graduate attributes and employability, inclusive of skills like: critical understanding, informed by current developments in the subject; an awareness of the provisional nature of knowledge, how knowledge is created, advanced and renewed, and the excitement of changing knowledge; the ability to identify and analyse problems and issues and to formulate, evaluate and apply evidence based solutions and arguments; an ability to apply a systematic and critical assessment of complex problems and issues; an ability to deploy techniques of analysis and enquiry; familiarity with advanced techniques and skills; originality and creativity in formulating, evaluating and applying evidence-based solutions and arguments; and an understanding of the need for a high level of ethical, social, cultural, environmental and wider professional conduct.

In addition, Commercial Sound Production strives to support the primary university primary objectives of PDP, which are: to enhance the capacity of learners to reflect, plan and take responsibility for their own learning; to enhance their knowledge of what they learn and how they learn it.  Our PDP is concerned with learning in a holistic sense (in academic, personal and professional contexts) based on reflection and planning skills  which are integral to knowing how to learn in different contexts and knowing how to apply learning in different contexts, something that an individual does with guidance and support.  As students' progress, support decreases as personal capability is developed so that the process of PDP becomes self-sustaining, intended to improve the capacity of individuals to communicate their learning to others (for example, academic staff and potential employers).  In addition, PDP is a process that involves self-reflection; the creation of personal records; and planning and monitoring progress towards the achievement of personal objectives.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

There are a number of different work-based learning opportunities for Commercial Sound Production students.  Students have the opportunity to study and work abroad primarily through the work-related learning module, which allows a select group of students to work and study at our partner institution, the Harris Institute in Toronto, Canada where they receive intensive work placements with key music industries firms in the metropolitan Toronto area.  In addition, students enrolled in the work-based learning module also have the opportunity for work experience more locally and across the UK.  In years past, students have worked for prominent Scottish music industries companies inclusive of DF Concerts, MediaSpec UK Ltd, STV, EmuBands, and the SSE Hydro.

 

 


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, trimester, module name and code, credits and awards (Link to Regulation 5.2.9)

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the material conditions of (music) cultural consumption, and of the cultural contexts in which people appropriate, use and make sense of music cultural products.
A2Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms of (music) cultural practice, and of their current characteristics and possible future developments.
A3Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology associated with Popular Music Studies.
A4Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of public and everyday discourses in the shaping of music, culture and society.
A5Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which different social groups may make use of cultural texts and products in the construction of social and cultural realities, cultural images and frames of reference.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate a limited range of specialist skills variously related to the research, design, production and delivery of music-related products.
B2Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key technological, political, economic and legal issues in the music and creative industries, with a view to being able apply an informed perspective in their creative practical work.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use a combined range of routine and specialised skills in support of established practices in music management and audio production.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues, and draw on a range of sources for the purposes of assessing and responding to them through research. and scholarly activity.
D2Demonstrate the ability to assimilate and synthesise complex information, applying methods of identifying, progressing and achieving measurable goals.
D3Demonstrate an ability to employ reasoning and logic in order to analyse data and to formulate relevant arguments and hypotheses.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in a variety of tasks at a professional, managerial and/or supervisory level.
E2Demonstrate an appropriate outlook for work in multi-cultural environments with particular regard to the fields of music-related business and audio production.
E3Demonstrate an awareness of and understanding of key ethical and practical issues of project management in accordance with professional codes of practice.
E4Evidence a degree of critical self-awareness and reflexivity in relation to their professional and personal development.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
9MUSC09013Advanced Music Production20 check mark 
9MUSC09009Creative Music Product Design20check mark  
9MUSC09021Music Research Practice20 check mark 
9MUSC09020Professional Studio Techniques20check mark  
9MUSC09017Rights within the Performing Arts20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
9MUSC09016Audio Post Production Techniques20 check mark 
9COMP09010Audio Signal Processing20 check mark 
9MUSC09022Live Sound Applications20 check mark 
9MUSC09007Work Related Learning20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 360 credits with 200 in the subject area of which a minimum of 100 are at least SCQF 9 will achieve the award of BA Commercial Sound Production

Distinction is awarded to candidates who have met the criteria set out in the University's Regulation 7.5.2


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in section 7 of the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and full details of the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Section 7 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Section 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

(Regulation 7)

(Assessment Policy)