Module Guide – Studio Project

1. Key Information

Module Title: Studio Project
Department: Music and Performing Arts
Module Code: MOD000588
Level: 5
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: 1

Module Leader: Paul Rhys
Office hours: Tuesday 10-11am and Wednesday 12-2pm

Phone number: 0845 196 2622

Module Tutor: Gareth Stuart
Cambridge/Helmore /036
Email: or via the VLE


Every module has a Module Definition Form (MDF) which is the officially validated record of the module. You can access the MDF for this module in three ways via:

All modules delivered by Anglia Ruskin University at its main campuses in the UK and at partner institutions throughout the UK and overseas are governed by the Academic Regulations. You can view these at A printed extract of the Academic Regulations, known as the Assessment Regulations, is available for every student from your Faculty Office (all new students will have received a copy as part of their welcome pack).

In the unlikely event of any discrepancy between the Academic Regulations and any other publication, including this module guide, the Academic Regulations, as the definitive document, take precedence over all other publications and will be applied in all cases.

2. Introduction to the Module

The Studio Project module is aimed at the aspiring musician rather than the recording engineer. In the process of working on a number of creative projects, students learn about the history of music production and studio-based recording, from their origins in the 1950s to the present day. They are introduced to the work of pioneers such as Phil Spector and George Martin who, in the 1960s, were among the first producers of commercial music to challenge the convention that recordings should recreate the illusion of a concert hall setting. In turn, the approach of more recent producer/composers is also investigated – such as that of Brian Eno, Trent Reznor, and Frank Zappa with his notion of a ‘movie for your ears’.

Students continue to develop their fluency in the use of computer software for recording, editing, sound-processing and sequencing; and they continue to learn about microphones and the creative applications of their placement. Working collaboratively by forming and recording their own musical ensembles, they make use of their technical knowledge to create two contrasting musical productions, which comprise the assessment for this module. One of these is free of stylistic constraints; the other should consciously emulate a particular style of music production, either from the past or from the present day.

3. Intended Learning Outcomes and Outline Delivery

Anglia Ruskin modules are taught on the basis of intended learning outcomes and on successful completion of the module, you will be expected to be able to demonstrate you have met those outcomes.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Understand how production styles have developed over time, both in response to technology and in response to aesthetic goals.

2. Understand how different producers choose, arrange and organise sonic materials in order to create a finished work.

3. Demonstrate critical and creative judgement in using skills of recording, editing, post-production and mastering appropriate to a particular style of production.

4. Emulate the musical character of a particular production style from the past or present, in an original piece of work.

Lectures and workshops

All information and resources for this module are available via a specially-constructed web site at:

Studio Project MOD000588

The web site contains a wealth of material – articles, sound recordings, expanded reading lists and a forum – collected to support this delivery of the module. In addition to these resources, the site is also used to give out important and up-to-date information about the module. You will need to consult the site regularly, and you are advised to bookmark the address.

4. Assessment

4.1. How this Module is Assessed: What You Need to Do and When


Assessment is via a portfolio consisting of two contrasting musical productions. One of these is free of stylistic constraints, the other must consciously emulate a particular style of music production, either from the past or from the present day. Each project should be documented by an online blog created by the student.

Please refer to the marking system used for more detail on how the module is assessed (with specific reference to section 9 of the Module Definition Form).

4.2. Submitting Your Work

Your work should be submitted, on audio CD, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or flash drive/memory stick and clearly labelled with the module title, your student ID number and your blog address. Please use a plastic CD wallet and sellotape it to the back of the cover sheet. Please do not use staples.

Submit this to the i-Centre of the Cambridge Campus before 2pm on Friday 22 December, 2017.

Once marked, your work will be returned to the music secretary for collection at your convenience.

All coursework assignments and other forms of assessment must be submitted by the published deadline which is detailed above.  It is your responsibility to know when work is due to be submitted.

All student work that contributes to the eventual outcome of the module (i.e.: if it determines whether you will pass or fail the module and counts towards the mark you achieve for the module) is submitted via the iCentre using the formal submission sheet. Academic staff CANNOT accept work directly from you.

If you decide to submit your work to the iCentre by post, it must arrive by midday on the due date.  If you elect to post your work, you do so at your own risk and you must ensure that sufficient time is provided for your work to arrive at the iCentre.  Posting your work the day before a deadline, albeit by first class post, is extremely risky and not advised.

Work that is submitted late – defined as up to five working days after the published submission deadline – will be accepted and marked.  However, the element of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%.

You are requested to keep a copy of your work.

4.3 Feedback

You are entitled to written feedback on your performance for all your assessed work. For all assessment tasks which are not examinations, this is provided by a member of academic staff completing the assignment coversheet on which your mark and feedback will relate to the achievement of the module’s intended learning outcomes and the assessment criteria you were given for the task when it was first issued.

Examination scripts are retained by Anglia Ruskin and are not returned to students. However, you are entitled to feedback on your performance in an examination and may request a meeting with the Module Leader or Tutor to see your examination script and to discuss your performance.

Anglia Ruskin is committed to providing you with feedback on all assessed work within 20 working days of the submission deadline or the date of an examination. This is extended to 30 days for feedback for a Major Project module (please note that working days excludes those days when Anglia Ruskin University is officially closed; e.g.: between Christmas and New Year). Personal tutors will offer to read feedback from several modules and help you to address any common themes that may be emerging.

At the main Anglia Ruskin University campuses, each Faculty will publish details of the arrangement for the return of your assessed work (e.g.: a marked essay or case study etc.). Any work that is not collected by you from the Faculty within this timeframe is returned to the iCentres from where you can subsequently collect it. The iCentres retain student work for a specified period prior to its disposal.

To assure ourselves that our marking processes are comparable with other universities in the UK, Anglia Ruskin provides samples of student assessed work to external examiners as a routine part of our marking processes. External examiners are experienced academic staff from other universities who scrutinise your work and provide Anglia Ruskin academic staff with feedback and advice. Many of Anglia Ruskin’s staff act as external examiners at other universities.

On occasion, you will receive feedback and marks for pieces of work that you completed in the earlier stages of the module. We provide you with this feedback as part of the learning experience and to help you prepare for other assessment tasks that you have still to complete. It is important to note that, in these cases, the marks for these pieces of work are unconfirmed as the processes described above for the use of external examiners will not have been completed. This means that, potentially, marks can change, in either direction!


Marks for modules and individual pieces of work become confirmed on the Dates for the Official Publication of Results, which can be checked at

5. Learning Resources

5.1. Library

Library Contacts

Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

Reading List Template – Anglia Ruskin University Library 

NB: You are encouraged to use an online version of the reading list below, which can be accessed via the VLE


Borwick, J. (1987) Sound Recording Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Brice, R. (2001) Music Engineering, Oxford: Newnes

Katz, B. (2003) Mastering Audio: the Art and the Science, Oxford: Focal

Katz, M. (2005) Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music, Berkeley: U of California Press

Moorefield, V. (2005) The Producer as Composer, Massachusetts: MIT Press

Nisbett, A. (2003) The Sound Studio: Audio Techniques for Radio, Television, Film, and Recording, Boston, Mass.: Focal Press

Rumsey, F. (2006) Sound and Recording: an Introduction, Oxford: Focal

Runstein, R.E, Huber, D.M. (2005) Modern Recording Techniques, Oxford: Focal


Industry magazines:

Sound on Sound, Music Tech, Future Music Specific journal articles


oblique strategies

 Other Resources

The studios in Hel 036, 033 and iMac workstations in Hel 040

Recommended Internet Resources

University Library Catalogue and Digital Library:

Harvard Referencing Guide:

Faculty Liaison Librarian: Karen Ready. ( Ext. 2304

Music Subject Librarian: Sue Gilmurray ( Ext 2699

Recommended Listening

6. How is My Work Marked?

After you have handed your work in or you have completed an examination, Anglia Ruskin undertakes a series of activities to assure that our marking processes are comparable with those employed at other universities in the UK and that your work has been marked fairly and honestly. These include:


  •       Anonymous marking – your name is not attached to your work so, at the point of marking, the lecturer does not know whose work he/she is considering. When you undertake an assessment task where your identity is known (e.g., a presentation or Major Project), it is marked by more than one lecturer (known as double marking)


  •       Internal moderation – a sample of all work for each assessment task in each module is moderated by other Anglia Ruskin staff to check the marking standards and consistency of the marking


  •       External moderation – a sample of student work for all modules is moderated by external examiners – experienced academic staff from other universities (and sometimes practitioners who represent relevant professions) – who scrutinise your work and provide Anglia Ruskin academic staff with feedback, advice and assurance that the marking of your work is comparable to that in other UK universities. Many of Anglia Ruskin’s staff act as external examiners at other universities. External examiners are appointed to our Departmental Assessment Panels (DAPs) and oversee the assessment of modules which fall within the remit of each DAP.  A full and up-to-date list of Anglia Ruskin’s External Examiners is available to students and staff at


  •       Departmental Assessment Panel (DAP) – performance by all students on all modules is discussed and approved at the appropriate DAPs which are attended by all relevant Module Leaders and external examiners. Anglia Ruskin has over 25 DAPs to cover all the different subjects we teach.


This module falls within the remit of the Music and Performing Arts DAP.


Anglia Ruskin’s marking process is represented in the flowchart below:

ARU Module Guide p7

7. Assessment Criteria and Marking Standards

7.1 Anglia Ruskin University Generic Assessment Criteria

Level 5 Marking Criteria

7.2 Module Specific Assessment Criteria

In addition to Anglia Ruskin’s generic assessment criteria, your work will also be marked against module-specific assessment criteria. Assessment tasks for this module will be marked against the marking criteria for Artefact Creation and Written Work which are available under the ‘Student Resources’ section of the departmental web site at:

8. Attendance

Attending all your classes is very important and one of the best ways to help you succeed in this module.  In accordance with the Student Charter, you are expected to arrive on time and take an active part in all your timetabled classes.  If you are unable to attend a class for a valid reason (eg: illness), please contact your Module Tutor.

Anglia Ruskin will closely monitor the attendance of all students and will contact you by e-mail if you have been absent without notice for two weeks.  Please remember to “tap-in” using your Ruskin card at every taught session.  Continued absence can result in various consequences including the termination of your registration as you will be considered to have withdrawn from your studies.

International students who are non-EEA nationals and in possession of entry clearance/leave to remain as a student (Tier 4 student visa) are required to be in regular attendance at Anglia Ruskin. Failure to attend is considered to be a breach of Tier 4 visa conditions.  Failure to do so will have serious implications for your immigration status in the UK.  Anglia Ruskin, like all British Universities, is statutorily obliged to inform UK Visa & Immigration (Home Office) and withdraw sponsorship of the Tier 4 visa where the holder has significant unauthorised absences.

9. Assessment Offences

As an academic community, we recognise that the principles of truth, honesty and mutual respect are central to the pursuit of knowledge. Behaviour that undermines those principles weakens the community, both individually and collectively, and diminishes our values. We are committed to ensuring that every student and member of staff is made aware of the responsibilities s/he bears in maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity and how those standards are protected.

You are reminded that any work that you submit must be your own. When you are preparing your work for submission, it is important that you understand the various academic conventions that you are expected to follow in order to make sure that you do not leave yourself open to accusations of plagiarism (eg: the correct use of referencing, citations, footnotes etc.) and that your work maintains its academic integrity.

9.1. Definitions of Assessment Offences

(A) Plagiarism

Plagiarism is theft and occurs when you present someone else’s work, words, images, ideas, opinions or discoveries, whether published or not, as your own. It is also when you take the artwork, images or computer-generated work of others, without properly acknowledging where this is from or you do this without their permission.

You can commit plagiarism in examinations, but it is most likely to happen in coursework, assignments, portfolios, essays, dissertations and so on.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • directly copying from written work, physical work, performances, recorded work or images, without saying where this is from;
  • using information from the internet or electronic media (such as DVDs and CDs) which belongs to someone else, and presenting it as your own;
  • rewording someone else’s work, without referencing them; and
  • handing in something for assessment which has been produced by another student or person.

It is important that you do not plagiarise – intentionally or unintentionally – because the work of others and their ideas are their own.  There are benefits to producing original ideas in terms of awards, prizes, qualifications, reputation and so on.  To use someone else’s work, words, images, ideas or discoveries is a form of theft.

(B) Collusion

Collusion is similar to plagiarism as it is an attempt to present another’s work as your own.  In plagiarism the original owner of the work is not aware you are using it, in collusion two or more people may be involved in trying to produce one piece of work to benefit one individual, or plagiarising another person’s work.

Examples of collusion include:

  • agreeing with others to cheat;
  • getting someone else to produce part or all of your work;
  • copying the work of another person (with their permission);
  • submitting work from essay banks;
  • paying someone to produce work for you; and
  • allowing another student to copy your own work.

Many parts of university life need students to work together.  Working as a team, as directed by your tutor, and producing group work is not collusion.  Collusion only happens if you produce joint work to benefit of one or more person and try to deceive another (for example the assessor).

(C) Cheating

Cheating is when someone aims to get unfair advantage over others.

Examples of cheating include:

  • taking unauthorised material into the examination room;
  • inventing results (including experiments, research, interviews and observations);
  • handing your own previously graded work back in;
  • getting an examination paper before it is released;
  • behaving in a way that means other students perform poorly;
  • pretending to be another student; and
  • trying to bribe members of staff or examiners.

9.2 Help to Avoid Assessment Offences

Most of our students are honest and want to avoid committing assessment offences.  We have a variety of resources, advice and guidance available to help make sure you can develop good academic skills.  We will make sure that we make available consistent statements about what we expect. In accordance with our ‘Academic Honesty Policy’, you will be able to do tutorials on being honest in your work from the library ( and other central support services and faculties, and will be able to review your work for plagiarism using ‘Turnitin®UK’ (where appropriate), an online service for matched-text. You can get advice on how to use honestly the work of others in your own work from the library website ( and your lecturer and personal tutor.

Turnitin®UK will produce a report which clearly shows if passages in your work have been matched with another sourceOriginality of assessment is an academic judgement and there is no generally acceptable upper or lower similarity score. You may talk about the matched-text in the ‘Turnitin®UK’ report with a member of academic staff to see where you may need to improve your academic practice. If you are not sure whether the way you are working meets our requirements, you should talk to your personal tutor, module tutor or other member of academic staff. They will be able to help you and tell you about other resources that will help you develop your academic skills.

Procedures for assessment offences

An assessment offence is the general term used to define cases where a student has tried to get unfair academic advantage in an assessment for himself or herself or another student.

We will fully investigate all cases of suspected assessment offences. If we prove that you have committed an assessment offence, an appropriate penalty will be imposed which, for the most serious offences, includes expulsion from Anglia Ruskin. For full details of our assessment offences policy and procedures, see the Academic Regulations, section 10 at:

To see an expanded version of this guidance which provides more information on how to avoid assessment offences, visit

9.3. Procedures for Assessment Offences

An assessment offence is the general term used to define cases where a student has tried to get unfair academic advantage in an assessment for himself or herself or another student.

We will fully investigate all cases of suspected assessment offences. If we prove that you have committed an assessment offence, an appropriate penalty will be imposed which, for the most serious offences, includes expulsion from Anglia Ruskin.  For full details of our assessment offences policy and procedures, see Section 10 of the Academic Regulations at:

10. Module Evaluation

During the second half of the delivery of this module, you will be asked to complete a module evaluation questionnaire to help us obtain your views on all aspects of the module.

This is an extremely important process which helps us to continue to improve the delivery of the module in the future and to respond to issues that you bring to our attention. The module report in section 11 of this module guide includes a section which comments on the feedback we received from other students who have studied this module previously.

Your questionnaire response is anonymous.

Please help us to help you and other students at Anglia Ruskin by completing the Module Evaluation survey.  We very much value our students’ views and it is very important to us that you provide feedback to help us make improvements.

In addition to the Module Evaluation process, you can send any comment on anything related to your experience at Anglia Ruskin to at any time.

11. Report on Last Delivery of Module

MODULE REPORT FORM - Studio Project 2013-14

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