Unit 7 Introduction.

On the 1st Feb Jo introduced us to the first part of the Unit 7 (fmp) brief.

What needs submitting for Unit 5 & 6:

* All practical work including experiments, developments and final outcomes

* This should be supported by contextual research which is analysed and linked to your own practice

* Critical analysis of work

* Records of work experience / employability skills

* Records of lectures and film screenings

* Embedded maths and English

* Bibliography

* Records of progression activities, UCAS, research,statement, portfolio prep,practise interviews,own responses

* Records of tutorials

* Peer feedback

* Self assessment

Unit 7 – FMP.

Developing project proposals for unit 7.

Aims and outcomes.

* To introduce the learner to the assessment process for part three

* To empower the learner by allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning by proposing and realising a project that integrates planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation, reflection and future progression / professional opportunities

* To discuss and develop a strategy that allows learners to maximise their assessment potential

. Unit 7.

* Indicate content, teaching strategies and learning activities

* This unit aims to provide students with an opportunity to take control of their own learning by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and realisation within a chosen professional context

* The choice of the proposed subject, subsequent research and all relevant activity will be defined by the student. The aims and aspirations of all students, including those with special needs, should be considered and appropriate support will be given

* Students should understand: A range of critical and contextual perspectives and approaches which can be used in the development of a project proposal

* The need for research which has relevance and appropriate depth and breadth to support their project development and realisation

* How to analyse and evaluate research evidence to support ideas development

* How to integrate practical, theoretical and technical understanding to realise their project

* How to maintain and use records of critical analysis and evaluation to support the decision making progress

* How to articulate, in an appropriate form, an analysis and evaluation of the working processes which have led to the realisation of their project proposal

* How to use appropriate forms and techniques to present themselves and their work

Problems you may have

* Expressing ideas in written form

* Playing safe – not experimental

* Lacking ambition or being too ambitious

* Not building on previous units or projects

* Lacking critical thinking context

* Lacking a concept

Things to be submitted for unit 7.

* Cover sheet to include name, candidate number, pathway, blog address and destination

* Proposal on pro forma

* Work plan (dated)

* Authentication form (signed by staff and students)

* Final word processed evaluation

* Extended bibliography

* Sketchbooks, worksheets etc

* All FMP work must be submitted and labeled.

Ual Project Proposal.

This unit requires you to produce a written project proposal of approx 500 words which should address the following:

* A review of progress and achievement through parts 1 and 2 of the course (150)

* Project concept (250)

* Evaluation (100)


Your final project proposal FPP should be 450 words (+or -. 10%). This will be your first contact with the UAL external examination so it must be word processed (11pt Arial) and be clearly structured using the following guidance.

Reflection and Evaluation.

In the weeks leading up to your stage 2 assessment you should evaluate your overall progress and identify your main strengths and weaknesses. After your assessment you should add to this reflection based on comments from your tutor. You should use this reflection and evaluation to help formulate possible themes and working practices for your Final Project.

Developing the theme

Choose either a theme or technique / medium / process / concept that you are passionate about and will sustain you for the whole of the project. In order to do this and before writing your proposal you should undertake extensive research into these possible subject areas and connect contextual research, including investigation into relevant practitioners. This work should include visual research and will form part of the process work for your final project. You will present this idea through a pitch to an exam board of staff. After the pitch you will develop a formal proposal for moderation. Proposals will be then checked by the pathway team and your final proposal will be approved by the pathway leader.

Developing proposals

* Stage 1 – pre project proposal

* Stage 2 – developing ideas

* Stage 3 – the pitch

* Stage 4 – writing the proposal

Step 1: pre project proposal

What makes a good project?

Has to be interesting to you, has to generate enough research, isn’t too ambitious or lacking in ambition

Step 2: gathering initial research

Record on blogs, be imaginative and think laterally, do not narrow your project ideas down before you’ve started

Where or what could you visit for inspiration?

Stage 3: The Pitch

The key to a strong project is a strong idea. If we feel that the idea has limited potential for assessment you will have to work on a completely new starting point. Therefore the pitch is a vital stage in your project development and should be approached with a professional mindset.

Your presentation.

* You will make a 5 min presentation to tutors

* The presentation should be clear, concise and visual and inform the audience of your: concept / synopsis starting point, research and anticipated outcomes

Critique: You may request peer critiques in order to practise pitching and receive feedback as soon as possible. You can ask questions to clarify your understanding and you need to refer to the unit 7 aims as a guideline

Writing the proposal

Project proposal: guidance

In producing the project proposal and in preparing for the project realisation you should familiarise yourself with the unit 7 of the qualification. In particular you should understand the assessment and grading criteria which will be used to determine standards of achievement.

Unit 7 requires that you produce a project proposal of about 500 words, excluding the project plan and bibliography. Project proposals should not be so succinct that they do not address the requirements listed below nor should they be excessively long and unfocused.

The project proposal must be word processed on the given pro forma

The Project Proposal.

Centre name and number

Candidate name and number

Project proposal title and date

Main area of activity / pathway

Section 1

(Approximately 150 words)

A review of progress and achievements through Parts 1 and 2 of the course: provides an opportunity for you to reflect on, review and summarise your progress and achievements through the first six units of the programme, expressed in terms of the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired. What you now know and what it means to you, compared to what you knew and could do before you started the course.

This section also provide an opportunity for you to explore your reasons for choosing a particular pathway and to outline your long term aspirations. You should reflect upon how your choice of a particular pathway has informed your project proposal, how it is situated within a broader context and what immediate aspirations will be satisfied through the project realisation.

Section 2

(Approximately 250 words)

Project concept: provides and opportunity for you to clearly explain the concept and aims of your project; what will you be researching? What problems are you seeking to resolve? What types of practical methods and skills you are seeking to develop and what technical resources you may need and an indication of the form in which you will present your work. You should recognise that throughout the project realisation you may, in response to the evolution of your ideas and of the availability of facilities and materials, make decisions which result in changes to the project concept and aims. It is important that any process of change is documented in both the work itself and through supporting methods.

Section 3

(Approximately 100 words)

Evaluation: provides and opportunity for you to explain the means by which you will reflect on and evaluate you work as both a continuous activity and in summation at the end of the project. The critical review should be referenced to the projects stated aims and be reflective and analytical of learning and achievement rather than a narrative of actions completed

Additional requirements, not included in the 500 word limit of the proposal:

Project Action Plan and Timetable: provides an opportunity to outline the sequence of actions necessary to progress the project over a period of weeks so that it may be brought to a successful conclusion within the agreed timeframe. It is important that you consider how you will balance ambition, time and realism in the organisation and realisation of the project.

Bibliography (Harvard Format): provides an opportunity to formally record the research sources that you have used. You should record your initial research sources for the project proposal and then continuously update the bibliography as the project progresses.

Section 1

What skills, knowledge and experience have you acquired on the course so far? How will your project build upon your experience so far on the course? How will you address issues that have been identified through your own evaluation and assessment to date?

Section 2

What is your idea and what to do you aim to produce?

Justify how your ideas and concept will sustain you throughout the project

Who / what will you draw upon for influence / inspiration?

What would you define as your contextual research as this stage?

What primary research might you need to do?

What methods, techniques, materials, technology and processes will you use?

How do you propose to present your final ideas within the limitations of an exhibition space?

Are the materials and resources you have identified available and if not, how do you propose to access them?

Section 3

How will you evaluate your ideas, research and processes through the project?

How will this process progress your work?


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