Tutorial: Block 4, Week 1

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This academic year, four students who took a year or two out are joining us. They’re all online too.

The Research Paper

A discussion about some of the technicalities of the Research Paper:

  • The draft was due in Monday.
  • Any paper from a journal like Digital Creativity follows a very similar style.
  • The bibliography only needs to include the references you have quoted or paraphrased from.
  • Next week is the final tutorial with Gareth.

Deadlines — Research Paper

October 5.

Deadlines — Unit 1

October 25.

Four things are needed:

  1. Project Proposal.
  2. Practice based research: Including experiments, tests, notes, work in development, etc. all presented on your blog.
  3. Reflective journal: Notes, comments, thoughts on your work, reading and research all presented on your blog.
  4. A formal research submission: A written research paper contextualising your work, approximately 3000-4000 words.

Item 1, Project Proposal, should have already been done and be on your blog.

If you have kept up posting on your blog you will have all the stuff for item 2, Practice based research, and item 3, Reflective journal.

Item 4 is the Research Paper.

Most of the work is already done and just needs ‘curating’ it on your blog: go back over everything you have done and reflect on the journey so far.

You curate your blog by creating a new page called ‘Unit 1 Assessment’ and provide notes and links to the Assessment Evidence required.

Sometimes it is a good idea to use the learning outcomes from the Unit 1 brief:

  1. Formulate, describe and implement a challenging and self-directed programme of study, relating to your Project Proposal.

  2. Critically engage with practice-based research and contribute actively to debate and discussion.

  3. Critically reflect upon your practice and articulate a clear understanding of methodology and context of your creative practice.

Copy and paste them onto the Unit 1 assessment page and then add some links and brief notes giving evidence of posts on your blog that show how you have met these learning outcomes.


Ed and Gareth assess the research paper and it is second read by Jonathan and a selection are second read by one of the other MA course leaders.

Failing / Retrieving

If someone failed Unit 1 you are given a short time to ‘retrieve’ the unit, usually about 3-4 weeks to provide extra evidence to show you have been learning.

You can only carry on to Unit 2 (the final unit) once you have successfully completed Unit 1.

If someone does not submit anything or is missing significant stuff from assessment by the deadline then that is a fail. If that happens and if the retrieval work is enough to pass, the grade is capped at the lowest pass (D-).

But as Jonathan says:

I am not expecting anyone to fail!

So, no pressure, eh?

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