MUSICOL 2001 - Musicology 2A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Through lectures and in-class discussions, readings, and assignments, this course provides students with basic understanding of the intellectual development, key concepts and skills, and examples of research from the co-disciplines of ethnomusicology and musicology. Case studies involve examinations of Western and non-Western musics, including traditional, classical, and contemporary forms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 2001
    Course Musicology 2A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Ability to read music
    Quota 24
    Assessment 1500 word written assignment 30%, practical assignment 30%, 3 hour written exam 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff (

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understanding of the history and intellectual development in the co-disciplines of ethnomusicology and musicology.
    2 Understanding of varied approaches to music research through consideration of case studies of Western and non-Western, notated and oral, and traditional and contemporary music practices.
    3 Development of aural and analytical skills through assessed work in transcription and analysis.
    4 Development of music research skills related to planning essays and confidence in written and oral communication.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader
    Assigned readings may be found in the Course Reader, which can NOW ONLY be purchased online from the Online Shop. Login to Unified and click on the Online Shop icon in the left hand side of the Home page. As soon as the course reader is printed and available, it will be published on the Online Shop where students can order and pay and then COLLECT their reader from Image & Copy Centre (level 1, Hughes Building).
    Recommended Resources
    The electronic Music Resources Guide ( ) contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

    Oxford Music Online is a portal that enables searching in Grove Music Online and other Oxford reference content in the one location. Students can access Oxford Music Online which houses Grove Music Online through the link on the Elder Music Library website at:
    Grove Music Online [electronic resource] can also be located as a title search through the library catalogue. The 29-volume print copy is available from the Elder Music Library's reserve collection.
    Online Learning
    Course documents including questions for the readings, assignments and other information will be available in the MyUni course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures and seminars will address the information and aims set out in the Course Description and will be structured to allow students to develop analytical and written/oral presentational skills through in-class discussion and formal presentations.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the 3 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 6-8 hours per week to prepare the weekly readings, preparing the assignments, and revising for the exam.
    Learning Activities Summary

    The following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course. Some topics and ordering of topics may vary.
    Week 1 Introduction to the Course; Researching Music: Musicologists, Ethnomusicologists, and Us

    History and Key Concepts in Ethnomusicology
    Week 2 History and Key Concepts in Ethnomusicology, continued

    Writing a CD Music Review
    Week 3 History and Key Concepts in Historical Musicicology
    Week 4 Transcription of Non-Western Music: Introduction
    Week 5 Transcription of Non-Western Vocal Music
    Week 6 Transcription of Music of the Japanese Koto
    Week 7 Case Studies: Researching Australian Contemporary Classical Music

    Case Studies: Researching Australian Aboriginal Music
    Week 8 Case Studies: Researching European Classical Music
    Week 9 Case Studies: Researching Music of Asia
    Week 10 Case Studies: Researching Music of Japan
    Week 11 Case Studies: Researching Music of Japan
    Week 12 Case Studies: Music and Gender
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting Date Learning Outcome
    Music CD Review 30% Set in Week 2

    DUE in Week 5
    3, 4
    Transcription Exercises 30% Set in Week 5

    DUE in Week 8
    1, 2, 3
    Course Exam 40% Examination Period 1, 3, 4
    The three assessments are summative in nature.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Active presence at 100% of the class sessions is expected. Any student who misses more than two class sessions (certified medical or prior-approved compassionate/professional absences excepted) may be excluded from exam assessment. Applications for leave should be made using the following pro-forma:
    Assessment Detail
    MUSIC CD REVIEW (30% weighting)
    Students will write two 250-400 word CD reviews, one on a classical music CD of their choice and one on a rock/pop CD of their choice. Detailed instructions for this assignment will be distributed in Week 2.
    REVIEWS to be submitted electronically via MyUni by the assigned due date in Week 5.

    Following an introduction to the requisite concepts and skills and some in-class practice, students will prepare transcriptions of brief excerpts of music, one comprising vocal performance from a non-Western culture, the other performance of Japanese koto. The transcriptions will be presented in modified versions of traditional (Western) notation, but there will also be opportunity to incorporate digital aids (e.g., graphic representation of sound). Detailed instructions will be distributed and discussed in class in Week 5.
    TRANSCRIPTIONS to be submitted electronically via MyUni by the assigned due date in Week 8.

    EXAMINATION (40% weighting)
    Exam Duration: 3 hours
    The course exam will require students to write six answers of approximately 300 400 words each to six of a total of nine given questions. This is a closed-book exam with the exception of notes on the weekly readings, to be pre-submitted in accordance with instructions provided in MyUni.
    Assignments should be submitted electronically as .pdf via MyUni, by 5:00 p.m. on the specificied due date.

    Late assignment policy: Extensions are only granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. Assessed work that is submitted late (after the due date and time) will not be examined for assessment or feedback.
    In the case of illness this will require a medical certificate, and in the case of personal (non-medical) circumstances you will need a letter of support from a University Student Counsellor. For further information please refer to the following website:

    Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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