Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 20/11/2015
College College Arts and Law
School Lan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Partner College and School Music
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Modern Languages and Music Full-time
Programme Code 767A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme Programme aims for students who commenced their studies before 2017/18:
To enable students to master one or two modern foreign languages in both their written and spoken forms.

To enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of features of the culture, history and society related to the language(s) studied.

Programme aims marked with an * apply to new year 1 students entering in 2017/18

*To enable students to achieve the appropriate level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (specified by language under Learning Outcomes) through the systematic integration of language and content teaching.

*To enable students to explain and assess critically the multi-disciplinary features and significance of the culture, history and society of their chosen language communities.

*To enable students to be digitally literate. Students will be able to use appropriate, up-to-date technology in the effective learning of languages and to understand works of culture (understood in the broadest sense, to include history, society, politics, and other material covered in modules aligned with the Birmingham Languages Graduate).

*To enable students to handle and analyse material relating to research projects based in the Department of Modern Languages.

*To enable students to engage with appropriately adapted questions derived from research projects based in the Department of Modern Languages.

*To enable students to become effective independent learners, with regular opportunities to develop skills in research, academic writing, and reflective learning.

*To enable students to be competitively employable through the acquisition of direct and transferable skills as well as through: 1) appropriate integration of Modern Languages careers topics within core modules; 2) optional placement opportunities relating to Modern Languages (credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing); 3) non-credit bearing Modern Languages careers events.

*To enable students to give a persuasive account of their degree and of why they have assembled their degree in a particular way.

*To provide students with language and language-related transferable skills useful in a range of contexts, both educational and professional; and to respond to national and international needs for advanced strategic competence in a variety of world languages.

Programme aims for all students:
To enable students to combine the study of one or two modern foreign languages with the study of music

Through teaching no less than research to continue to develop Music as a vital discipline in a rapidly changing society, and to seek out and forge links with neighbouring disciplines in the humanities and social sciences

To provide students with a background in two basic aspects of the study of Music (musicology and performance) and to allow them to develop their strengths through specialisation in later stages of the programme

To enable students to acquire first-hand experience of living and studying and/or working abroad.

To enable students to develop a wide range of transferable skills, including the assimilation, analysis, organisation and synthesis of information and its effective communication in speech and writing, through the study of complex material, which can be applied in a variety of educational and professional contexts, thereby meeting a national and international need for competence in modern foreign languages.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The advanced strategic usage of one or more modern languages, including the linguistic structures of the language(s). By final year students of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian should have achieved at least C1 level and normally C2 level within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

*Students should be able to select and use appropriate, up-to-date technology in the effective learning of languages.
The features and significance of the culture, history and society of their chosen language communities. Students should be able to use appropriate, up-to-date technology in such understanding.

Dependent on the range of optional modules offered, specialised further topics within Modern Languages such as translation, interpreting, politics, linguistics, cinema, history, society or culture.
Key methods and concepts used in the analysis of a range of fields relating to language and culture.
Advanced knowledge of the society and culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

*The significance of language and languages to our connections to other peoples and places around the globe, and in our own lives. This understanding will (a) span multiple disciplines and (b) extend across times, places, and identities, including with regards to:
  •  The historical and contemporary significance of different languages and cultures
  •  Cultural responses to the urgent human problems of history and the contemporary period, and to the human condition more widely

Music: the history of Western Art music from approximately 1000 to the present time, with certain areas (composers, genres etc) being studied in greater depth; students may have, additionally, knowledge of areas outside the Western Art tradition depending on the modules chosen in Stages I and H (e.g. non-Western musical traditions).
Music: the tools used to analyse the structure of music (e.g. form, harmony, instrumentation); students may be able to apply these methods to original work depending on the modules chosen in Stages I and H (e.g. Orchestration)
Music: For students who elect to take the relevant modules, performing techniques, especially those of the Western Art music tradition, based primarily on the instruments/vocal studies they have undertaken during their programme of study
Music: the aesthetic, moral and philosophical issues relating to music, and the role of music and musicians in society both at the present time and in the past
Music: for students who elect to take certain modules (e.g. recording techniques), a knowledge of issues relating to the physical production and applications of music.
for students who elect to take certain modules (e.g. recording techniques), a knowledge of issues relating to the physical production and applications of music.
Material is developed and delivered by a combination of native and non-native teaching staff, and involving a wide range of registers, contexts and modes (e.g. journalistic, literary, colloquial, translation, correspondence, administration) as well as unassessed assignments. Beginners follow an expanded, intensive course of language study. Extensive supporting material is available through Canvas and self-access facilities on the main campus. The Year Abroad provides students with the opportunity for a period of immersion in the language(s) studied (1)

*Specialised core modules in all years, taught through the integration of language and content teaching involving plenaries and target language seminars and classes. The use of language learning technology is built in to all new core modules offered in Modern Languages (1)

Plenaries, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, guided and independent reading (2)

*All core modules in Modern Languages. This learning outcome is a key criterion through which optional modules can also align with the BLG curriculum. Teaching and learning methods include particularly plenaries, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, guided and independent reading (2)

Plenaries, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, guided and independent reading (3)

*All core modules in Modern Languages. This learning outcome is a key criterion through which optional modules can also align with the BLG curriculum. Teaching and learning methods particularly include plenaries (3)

Plenaries, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, language classes, guided and independent reading. Also through residence abroad (4)

*All core modules in Modern Languages. This learning outcome is a key criterion through which optional modules can also align with the BLG curriculum. Teaching and learning methods include particularly plenaries, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, guided and independent reading (4)

Lectures, seminars, tutorials (5)

Lectures, seminars, tutorials (6)

Seminars, individual coaching, workshops, masterclasses (7)

Lectures, seminars (8)

Lectures, seminars, workshops
Unseen written examinations, assessed coursework, essays, oral and aural examinations, tasks undertaken under timed conditions, assessments completed during the Year Abroad, and dissertation work including 20 credits of Independent Study (1)

*Target language projects and e-assessment portfolios. Formative e- assessments and student-led research (1)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (2)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations (3)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (4)

Essays, unseen examinations, seminar presentations, dissertation (5)

Essays, technical exercises, seen and unseen examinations, aural work, seminar presentations, performance (6)

Public and private performance as soloist and as a member of a group (7)

Assessed work throughout the degree (8)

Portfolios of relevant work, essays, practical examinations (9)
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Comprehension, analysis, evaluation, distillation and contextualisation of information across a range of subject areas and the application of both generic and subject specific skills.
Skills of oral and written presentation both in English and in the target language(s), and the ability to explain, discuss and debate in smaller and larger groups
Independent study skills (self-organisation, time management, research skills, planning, drafting and editing) and the ability to produce an extended piece of academic writing on the basis of them
Transferable skills relevant to employment, including problem-solving, self-reliance, initiative, adaptability, flexibility, and competences such as note-taking, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, and to use electronic resources and ICT effectively.
The ability to use language in professional contexts.
The ability to apply generic, practical and interpersonal skills to living, studying and/or working in a non-English-speaking country.
Intercultural awareness, understanding and competence, especially the ability to function in another culture, and to engage critically with their own and other cultures
Generic, transferable language-learning skills and the ability to use language reference materials such as grammars, standard and specialised dictionaries, and in some cases corpora to refine knowledge and understanding of register, nuances of meaning and language use.
Music: to present arguments and analyses fluently both in good written English and orally
Music: to be able to use musical language (i.e. notation and its equivalents in non-notated genres) to write and arrange music for its performance by themselves and others
Music: For students who elect to take the relevant modules, to show a measure of proficiency as a performer (the level of proficiency being dependant on the number of stages of the programme in which Performance was a chosen element)
Music: to study and work on projects of varying sizes largely independently showing the ability to obtain, manipulate and analyse information, and be able to discriminate between what is relevant and what is not
Music: to be able to work as a member of a team in collaborative projects
to be able to work as a member of a team in collaborative projects
Attendance at plenaries, reading and contribution to seminars and tutorials, regular written exercises. Use of the University Library, IT and other information sources (1)

Target language seminars combined with extensive reading and other forms of exposure to and practice in the target language(s) (2)

Attendance at plenaries, reading and contribution to seminars and tutorials, regular written exercises. Use of the University Library, IT and other information sources (3)

By definition, language work and content modules involve new, ‘difficult’ material that requires the independent application and ownership of techniques taught in classes and lectures if it is to be understood fully and mastered. An emphasis on close analysis is intended to broaden the range and sophistication of students’ interpretations of material, and to allow students to produce not so much expositions as substantiated arguments and positions. Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercises, presentations, group project work and other forms of independent learning are germane to all parts of the programme. The Year Abroad offers a particular opportunity for the development of independent capability, personally as well as linguistically and intellectually. A range of formative assessment modes are used throughout the degree (4)

*Coverage of Modern Languages professions is built into all core language modules. Opportunities for work experience may be acquired through non-credit bearing summer placements (Year 2) and/ or placements followed during the Year Abroad (4)

Target language seminars combined with extensive reading and other forms of exposure to and practice in the target language(s) (5)

*Coverage of Modern Languages professions is built into all core language modules. Opportunities for work experience may be acquired through non-credit bearing summer placements (Year 2) and/ or placements followed during the Year Abroad (5)

Residence abroad (6)

Target language seminars combined with extensive reading and other forms of exposure to and practice in the target language(s) (7)

Target language seminars combined with extensive reading and other forms of exposure to and practice in the target language(s) (8)

Lectures, seminars and tutorials (9)

Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops (10)

One-to-one lessons, participation in ensembles both small and large (11)

Tutorials, independent directed study, seminars (12)

Workshops, primarily in performance and composition (13)
Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (1)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (2)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (3)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (4)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (5)

Year Abroad coursework (6)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (7)

Coursework (essays, dissertation, project work, oral presentations, target language projects, e-assessment portfolios), unseen written examinations, oral/aural examinations. Formative e-assessments and student-led research (8)

Essays, dissertations, unseen examinations (9)

Technical exercises, workshop examinations (10)

Public and private performance as both soloist and ensemble member (11)

Essays, dissertations, seminar presentations (12)

Public and private performance of their own work and the work of others