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BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Unit 43 Special Subject Investigation

In this unit you will carry out an in-depth and practical investigation into a chosen area of interest. Date Issued: 7th February 2012 Final Deadline: 23rd May 2012 Interim Deadlines: PMD1: 19th March 2012 PMD2: 19th March 2012 PMD3: 13th June 2012 PMD4: 13th June 2012 PMD5: 20th June 2012 Criteria covered PMD1 PMD2 Assignmen t title Subject Choice and Research Proposal Research and Presentatio n Scenario Identify an appropriate subject for your project and produce a research proposal, as if you were pitching your idea to a publishing company. Undertake research/investigation before collating and presenting the results of investigations. Task breakdown Task PMD1 PMD2 What you need to do You will present your choice of research topic and provide an outline of your planned research, including suggested resources and materials, methodology and timescale. This should be in the form of a project proposal that might be presented during a seminar, allowing you to pitch your choice of project, encouraging deeper consideration in response to questions from tutors and peers. To achieve P1 you should be able to produce clear but unelaborated reasons for your choice of topic. For M1, you will provide more thoughtful explanations for the choices made. To achieve D1 you should be able to vindicate your choices in a fully rational manner. Assignment No: 43 Special Subject Investigation Teacher: Alex Diaz Brief IVed by: Andy Fitt Date: IV Standardisation by: Andy Fitt / Kate Matthews Date:

Assessment method Presentation of project proposal either a written document or a recorded oral presentation

PMD3 PMD4 PMD5

Research log Tutor observations Presentation of results

PMD3 PMD4 PMD5

For P2, the proposal will provide an unelaborated description of the methods you will use during your investigation and will include deadlines for the completion of the research and presentation of your results. To achieve M2, you will produce a proposal that gives reasons for the planning and research methods you intend to use. You will also break the project into stages identifying dates for the important milestones in the process. To achieve D2 you will be able to fully explain the research methodology you intend to use and will provide a detailed and well-considered timeframe for your work. Grading criteria 3 and 4 assesses the learners ability to undertake their investigation. This will be evidenced through tutor observations and a research log. To achieve P3 you will approach research in a somewhat patchy manner and not all of the material gathered will be of relevance to the topic. For M3, you will work in a more detailed and focused manner gathering material that is appropriate. To achieve D3 you will need to gather highly relevant material that allows you to investigate the subject in detail. For P4, you will demonstrate a rather inconsistent approach to the keeping of a research log. The log itself is likely to lack detail, merely listing material gathered, and will not be completed in a methodical manner. To achieve M4 you will produce a log that is complete and demonstrates a more systematic approach to research. For D4, your research log will be an activity integral to your investigation and will be approached in a well-disciplined manner. Grading criterion 5 will be used to assess your ability to present the results of your investigation and demonstrate your understanding of their chosen topic. To achieve P5 you will present your findings in a largely appropriate manner however the structure of the presentation will not always aid the communication of ideas and information. For M5, you will present your findings in a clear and coherent manner. To achieve D5 you will produce a presentation that is reasoned and articulate. At this level conclusions will be fully reasoned and justified.

Assessment and Grading Criteria In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. To achieve a pass, you must be able to: P1: select a subject for investigation describing the appropriateness of choices made P2: produce a research proposal that describes planning and research methodology and includes clear timelines for the project To achieve a merit you must be able to: M1: select a subject for investigation explaining the appropriateness of choices made M2: produce a research proposal that explains planning and research methodology and includes clear timelines for the project To achieve a distinction you must be able to: D1: select a subject for investigation justifying the appropriateness of choices made D2: produce a detailed research proposal that justifies planning and research methodology and includes clear and considered timelines for the project D3: undertake research into a chosen subject generating high quality material that explores the subject in detail D4: produce a wellorganised and thorough research log that explains the research trail D5: present the results of research and investigation in a well structured and fluent manner, with fully argued and supported judgements, analysis and conclusions

P3: undertake research into a chosen subject generating material of variable quality

M3: undertake research into a chosen subject generating relevant and useful material that explores the subject in some detail M4: produce a detailed research log that describes the research trail M5: present the results of research and investigation in a well-structured manner, with clearly reasoned and valid judgements and

P4: produce a research log that identifies the research trail

P5: present the results of research and investigation

conclusions