A newspaper article/magazine piece/editorial – You could write about “Whether it is positive or negative that ‘Science’ is used artistically in Hollywood films – should this be regulated?” or any other topic that you feel is suitable.
A comic/storyboard for a film – You could have ideas about how you might depict ‘a science/scientific theme’ in a new blockbuster/B-movie?
Make your own short film – Why not create your own short film depicting the latest ‘science’ and how it might impact our lives for the better/worse?
Create your own mockumentary/news report – Be a reporter outside an institute that has had some amazing breakthrough, what are the benefits, what are the pitfalls?
Create your own lecture on a topic – Interview an academic (or be the academic) and give a lecture on a scientific concept then link it to a series of films?
…the decision is up to you…
I am often asked, ‘how long should the piece be…?’ and this can be slightly difficult to give a precise answer to, remember that this is a 6 UoC course so think about how long you should spend on an assignment that is worth 50% in other 6 UoC courses. For written reports/assignments I would be looking at around 2500 words (although this can be shorter) and for films around 5-15 minutes, but these are a rough guide. Try to keep in mind the examiners, they would not want to watch a 1 hr film that might be difficult to follow, and a 2 minute submission could seem ‘lazy’. If you are writing an article, it should look like an article (images, captions etc.) not just an essay. All work should have some information regarding the target audience and aim of the piece too vide infra. If supporting information is not given, then your work will score very poorly as without context we do not know what you are creating or if you have the correct level of science for the audience.
Submissions and Supporting Information
All submissions must be made via Moodle however I recognise the limitations of this platform in allowing submission of films so my suggestion in these cases would be to provide a link to your film (can host on YouTube etc. or share the file via a link). All additional material that is needed should also be submitted (all in the one document). Some additional information that might be useful/needed; references are very important for all formats, for an article you should state which publication you are targeting and the associated demographic, you might also include a short blurb about the science in you film/article (if you feel that it is not completely explained in huge depth – after all, I never said the science had to be ‘real’, but I do not want a science used as a mere plot device/McGuffin) maybe a transcript/script of the news report that you worked off might help…? A note on film submissions using YouTube etc. the timestamp of the link will be checked, do not make any alteration (no matter how small) after the deadline has expired, if you do it will be taken as late i.e. a mark deduction will be enforced.
Free-Form Piece Assessment Rubric:
A general note on how a rubric works, in order to be awarded a level you must complete allof the criteria in an ‘area of the grid’, each area builds on from the last i.e. you cannot be awarded a higher level if you have not fully satisfied all of the criteria in every area that precedes it. Also, each level of the rubric will have a weighting so you cannot directly calculate your grade by looking at the rubric, the rubric is there to help my markers assess your work and also to give you feedback.
Please consult the assessment document for more information of the assessment process. The rubric on Moodle has the mark allocations for each area so you can see which areas are worth more marks.
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