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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/06/2022 15:00:28

Title of Module: Analysing Creativity (20 Credit)

Code: MUSC11022 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Iain  Taylor

Summary of Module

“Analysing Creativity” supports students in their development of knowledge and understanding relating to the notion of creativity, and its critical and practical applications. This understanding will be supported and developed through student-centered reflection upon their own creative practice – and that of others – underpinned by a broader engagement with critical and conceptual framings of creativity and creative practice. 

Students will be encouraged to consider the notion of creativity in relation to a range of methodologies and interdisciplinary work used in the field, that encapsulate creative approaches adopted by artists towards song writing, performance, and production. In doing so, they will be supported in using these explorations to consider what an authentic, inclusive, and sustainable creative practice looks like in relation to their work. 

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. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the range of historical methods for analysing creativities (with a focus on the most recent and advanced scholarly methods in musical creativities research), via critical evaluation of these methods and associated ideologies

L2. Apply or utilise one or more of these methods in detailed and rigorous critical evaluation of a chosen creative output.

L3. Apply, and reflect upon, relevant theories of creativity and creative practice in the production of a new piece of creative work.

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 11.

Extensive knowledge and understanding of the ways in which musical creativity/creativities can be evaluated and understood including a range of research methods and methodologies and extending this knowledge through analysis of your own creative practices (and those of peers).

Ability to critically evaluate current and historical academic practices in analysis, including advanced scholarship in the discipline.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Ability to apply a number of specialised research theories and methods around creativities to musical creative products (including your own) and generating creative critical responses.

Planning and executing a significant project of research and completion of own analyses of chosen material. Professional competence in skills of a chosen musico-creative field (e.g. production, songwriting, performance) and application of these in the light of broad analytical and historical understandings of creative practices in context.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Ability to critically review, consolidate and practically expand upon complex practices and highly abstract thinking in creativities research practice.

Preparation of original and creative responses to issues and problems that have been identified through research.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicate with peers and more senior colleagues on a highly competent and professional level. Demonstrate a range of communication skills including verbal, visual and musical forms.

The use of a range of music software and hardware at an advanced level in support of the presentation of creative outputs as an analytical response.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in research preparation for seminars and in preparing and presenting creative outputs (alone and/or in conjunction with other performers or musicians). Responsibility for one’s own work prepared in conjunction with others involved in student-led seminar sessions.

Demonstration of leadership skills in chairing seminar sessions.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
A series of interactive discussions will cover historical approaches to creativity studies and a range of methodologies used in the field – including interdisciplinary work. Students will then take part in a short lecturer-led seminar series during which they will prepare extensive reading of the scholarly literature surrounding specific aspects of various creativities and discuss this literature evaluatively. Supervisor meetings / tutorials will support students in the development of materials for assessment.
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)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery30
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Independent Study160
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:

Boden, M. (1992) The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms, London: Abacus

Burnard, P. (2012) Musical Creativities in Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1988), ‘Society, Culture and Person: A Systems View of Creativity’, in R. Sternberg (ed.) The Nature of Creativity: Contemporary Psychological Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.325-339

K. Thomas and J. Chan (Eds) (2013) Handbook of Research on Creativity Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Toynbee, J. (2000) Making Popular Music London: Arnold.

Kaufman, J. C. and Sternberg, R. J. (2021) Creativity: An Introduction. 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
ModeratorKenneth Forbes
External ExaminerNeil McSweeny
Accreditation DetailsJAMES
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Presentation - 50%
Portfolio – 50%
(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
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 40 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 Aula, 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:
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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