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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/04/2021 08:22:25

Title of Module: Advanced Music Production

Code: MUSC09013 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:Allan  Dumbreck

Summary of Module

Implementation of a creative music project to achieve pre-defined objectives. Reflective report and presentation to establish analytical skills. Demonstrating evidence of entrepreneurial / project management abilities and business development skills. Tutorials and seminars to discuss progress and resolve difficulties. Final report comprises legal, financial and time-management examination including reflective self-analysis of actual project outcomes versus original numerical objectives as self-devised prior to outset. Presentation of final report to discuss/explain outcomes.


  • Primary purpose is to allow the student to develop project management abilities in the Creative Industries and prepare for an entrepreneurial portfolio career.

  • Student implements previously-researched self-devised project concept to meet pre-defined numerical objectives and reflects on industry feedback and outcomes.

  • Student analyses financial, legal and time-management aspects of work and reflects upon entrepreneurial abilities and project management skills.

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. Manage and develop an ongoing music project, identifying and analysing routine professional problems and issues as core activities.

L2. Demonstrate critical reflective analysis including the judgement of outcomes versus numerical objectives

L3. Utilise a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of music industry project management in the presentation of the project final report.

L4. Demonstrate the use of project management and presentation skills in a final presentation.

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.

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of creativity techniques and music industry project management.

Detailed knowledge of recent commercial music product developments including case studies / guest lectures from innovators and entrepreneurs.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use of project management and presentation skills. Industry research.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues – day to day project management. Critical analysis, Judgement of outcomes versus numerical objectives.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Presentation of project final report. IT use / numerical content / negotiation and presentations skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Autonomy and Initiative: Self-assessment / reflection on project outcomes. Project management skills. Team or associate interaction. Strategic decision making.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Creative Music Product Design
Other:or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
• Weekly lectures and workshops on project management in music with an emphasis on project completion (finance, time, personnel and resource management, legal requirements, communication skills)

• Meetings with appointed project supervisors

• Guest lectures from graduates and music industries entrepreneurs

• Student presentations on their developing projects
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
Practice Based Learning120
Independent Study40
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:

De Bono, E. (2016) Serious Creativity, HarperCollins, London

Dumbreck, A. and McPherson, G. (2016) Music Entrepreneurship, Bloomsbury, London

HSE (1999), The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Similar Events (Guidance Booklets) HSE : London

IFPI (2020), Global Music Report. IFPI London (annually)

MMF Code of Practice -

Riches, N. (2014), MMF Music Management Bible, MMF / SMT (London)

UK Music (2020), Music by Numbers, UK Music (London)

Note : Sources specific to the individual nature of each student project will also be required.

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorDavid Scott
External ExaminerB Challis
Accreditation DetailsJAMES accredited (UK Delivery Only)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 : Final report consisting of self-analysis of project and level of achievement in relation to numerical objectives.
Word count : 3000 words
Weighting : 75%
Assessment 2 : Presentation of final report to reflect on / discuss outcomes of project.
Word count : NA (15 minute presentation)
Weighting : 25%
(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) Learning Outcome (4) 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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 200 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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