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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 20/04/2021 15:00:10

Title of Module: Popular Music Techniques 2

Code: MUSC09018 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:David  Scott

Summary of Module

This module presents students with the opportunity to investigate contemporary music performance and genre including the integration of live music with computer hardware and software programmes through rehearsal and performance practice. Supported by individual and group tuition students will have the opportunity to develop skills in instrumental, arrangement and performance technique while developing a specific and professional approach to personal rehearsal practice / routine. Students undertaking the module will be expected to demonstrate a level of professional autonomy in planning and executing a rehearsal routine that sets personal and collaborative goals towards the creation / completion of a music portfolio. Finally students will undertake critical evaluation and demonstration of personal development planning in a written essay.

  • Professional music rehearsal practice

  • Performing music within electronic genres

  • Professional practice

  • Contemporary genre

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:







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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Exercise autonomy and professional initiative in the design and implementation of a personal rehearsal schedule

L2. Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and defining features of contemporary music genre and an integrated knowledge of its place in culture

L3. Use a wide range of routine and some advanced performance and technical skills in support of the production of a portfolio of recorded music

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas / boundaries of popular music arrangement, musicianship and performance with specific focus on professional-level rehearsal practice / routine.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Students will use a selection of the principal skills, techniques and practices associated with popular music arrangement, musicianship and performance. Students will demonstrate the application of specialized rehearsal and performance techniques including the integration of electronic music.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Students will undertake critical analysis of popular music techniques through practice (musicianship, rehearsal planning and routine) and reporting (evaluative essay).

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Students will use a range of skills (including recording skills) to support the presentation of a music folio. Students will also demonstrate specialized technical skills of musicianship related to use of instruments and related technologies including, where appropriate, music software.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Students will exercise autonomy in designing and implementing rehearsal plans at a professional level. Students will develop new music performances under the guidance of professional music practitioners.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:relevant experience
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module will be delivered through interactive workshops and rehearsal events supported by short lectures introducing key historical context. Study will also be supported by online materials in the module VLE site
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop30
Asynchronous Class Activity36
Independent Study128
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

BBC Music (nd) [Online] BBC Music Resource Available: [Accessed: 9 May 2016]

Brown, A (2012) Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music (Meaningful Music Making for Life) Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars

Chang, J (2007) Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation London: Ebury Press

Collins, N, Schedel, M & Wilson, S (2013) Electronic Music (Cambridge Introductions to Music) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorAntonello Boezio
External ExaminerB Challis
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Music PORTFOLIO (70%)

MUSIC PORTFOLIO (70%) To include recorded performances and evidence of personal development planning
ESSAY (30%) Critical evaluation of personal development
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck mark check mark7030

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay check mark 306
Combined Total For All Components100% 36 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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