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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2020 13:03:51

Title of Module: Practice Text Based

Code: PERF07004 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:TBC 

Summary of Module

Students will take part in series of workshops and a rehearsal process exploring a range of published texts, from classical to contemporary work.

Enquiry based learning is at the heart of this module and students will research and select all of the material they work with. 

This module will provide a space for development acting craft and textual analysis, with a focus on professional conduct, good practice, communication and project management within a supportive performance environment.

Development of transferable PDP skills, in accordance with SCQF Level 7 and Subject Benchmark statements. 

This module will introduce students to acting skills and provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Develop core practical skills related to acting.

  • Demonstrate core practical skills in acting through a practical assessment

  • Study key practitioners.

  • Practice and develop techniques associated with key practitioners though voice and movement.

  • Explore a range of published material.

  • Evaluate and analyse their own performance and that of others.

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. Identify, and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the production of a performance .

L2. Apply a range of basic and routine practices and methodologies in the production of performance.

L3. Use a range of critical and creative approaches reflecting contemporary practice to addressing solutions in response to briefs.

L4. Apply knowledge and understanding to deliver short performances in appropriate formats.

L5. Plan goals and manage resources in structured and flexible format to defined deadlines.

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 7.

Understand and explain foundational performance contexts in terms of production and reception.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of routine practitioners, practices, crafts and techniques.

Demonstrate an awareness of the educational, pedagogical, community, social and cultural context the contemporary performance landscape.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Apply basic historical and social concepts to performance.
Apply foundational cultural and theoretical concepts to the critical analysis, documentation and interpretation of performance.

Deploy a range of basic and routine performance making technical skills in creative and critical modes of expression.

Apply understanding of the social and cultural context of contemporary performance landscape.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Articulate ideas and communicate information comprehensively, in oral or textual forms.

Create and present in forms appropriate to content and in a range of contexts.

Articulate ideas and concepts via a range of communication technologies.

Articulate ideas and communicate information comprehensively, in visual or physical forms.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Develop techniques informed by or derived from cultural forms/ histories/ contexts and or practitioners.

Describe theorise, interpret and evaluate texts and events.

Produce written work with appropriate scholarly and professional registers/ conventions.

Recognise situational and interpersonal factors and how these can accommodate to facilitate productive working relationships.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Work under pressure and to deadlines.

Accept supervision in less familiar areas of work.

Work independently, set goals and manage limited resources within defined areas of work.

Work in a planned and improvisatory way to anticipate and accommodate change.

Work, under guidance, with others to acquire an understanding of current professional practice.

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
This module will provide opportunities for students to explore the basic elements of acting and text, which are crucial in providing a solid basis to work from. They will explore the techniques of a selection of practitioners and learn how to apply these to published material. This will be done through a series of workshops and there will be no public performance. Through these workshops students will use techniques and methods taught in this and other modules to study their chosen materials. Students will be encouraged to select and study a variety of published materials and genres and will learn to explore these through textual analysis and improvisation. As the module progresses it is expected that students will also rehearse and practice out with the confines of the school block timetable.
There will be two specific and interrelated strands to the learning and teaching of this exercise based module:

1. The development of core practical skills related to acting.
2. The development of a critical understanding of the core theories, concepts, principles and terminology used in acting and performance.

Students will receive formative assessment throughout the module and will be encouraged to discuss their progress and development. They will also receive written feedback on all summative assessment.

The VLE will be used to deliver supporting documentation, circulate important information, and provide discussion boards and group pages (where appropriate) to enable continued individual/group learning through a virtual space outside the institution
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/Workshop36
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity36
Independent Study328
400 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:

Chekhov, M. 2nd Ed (2002) To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting, UK, USA: Routledge.

LeCoq, J. (2002) The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre. Revised
Ed. Translated from French by D. Bradby. London: Methuen Drama.

Linklater,K. (2006) Freeing up the Natural Voice, Nick Hern Books: London

Schechner, R. (2006) Performance studies: an introduction. London: Routledge

Stanislavski, C. (1936) An actors prepares. London: Methuen.

(**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
ModeratorJo Ronan
External ExaminerI Davie
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical Assessment (75%):

Students will perform 3 text based pieces each will be 25%. (3 x 25% = 75%)
Written Assessment (25%)

Students will write a 1000 word essay
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessment check markcheck markcheck mark 750

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark    250
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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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