Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MCS3940

 
TITLE Mentored Practice

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

 
DESCRIPTION An assessable mentored project intended to provide students with the possibility of focusing on one area of Media and Communications, and doing independent study, and/or project work with the help of an appointed tutor/mentor. It can be given as a one-to-one or in small group settings.

Once the student chooses his/her preferred area of study from the range offered by Media and Communications, a tutor is appointed who assigns work that can be of a secondary research or practical nature, or both. The work is carried out by the student within a time-frame agreed upon with the tutor, who will then assess the work and discuss it with the student. This can also be done in a small-group setting where peer evaluation is also carried out. Students will modify work set based on comments made in the tutorial sessions. The discussion between the tutor/mentor and the student/s is intended to consolidate choices of areas of focus made by the student.

Study-Unit Aims:

The mentored practice aims to provide students with an opportunity to:

- develop an area of focus from those available in the areas of Media and Communications;
- develop their capacity for practical and effective media and communications work through direct contact with a tutor/mentor and peers working within the same area of focus;
- discuss difficulties and strengths with specialists in their area;
- work individually on a project that strengthens their knowledge of their area of focus.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- have a more holistic view of one area of focus from within those offered by the Media and Communications course;
- problematise and solve issues related to independent study.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate the application of theory to practice, in his/her writing and in his/her discussion of work done;
- work collaboratively with a tutor/mentor and/or peers to bring a secondary research and/or practical project to fruition;
- problem solve difficulties related to individual project work in one area of Media and Communications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Dependent on individual student choice of area of focus and tutor/mentor suggestions.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2019/0, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

https://www.um.edu.mt/course/studyunit