MUSICOL 2001 - Music in Time and Place

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course develops an understanding of the ways in which music research is undertaken in diverse historical and geo-cultural contexts. The first part of this course includes a brief overview of the co-disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Through examination of selected case studies of Western and non-Western music, historical, critical and cultural perspectives are used to understand music as a range of expressive forms and practices in daily life.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 2001
    Course Music in Time and Place
    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
    Incompatible MUSST 2001, MUSICOL 2001
    Assumed Knowledge Base proficiency with reading standard music notation, but NOT to have experience or proficiency in musical performance
    Assessment 1200 word written assignment 30%, Transcription/analysis exercises 20%, Notes on reading questions 10%, 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 Understand the history and intellectual development in the co-disciplines of ethnomusicology and musicology.
    2 Demonstrate an understaqnding of the ways in which historical and cultural contexts of music impact upon musical practice.
    3 Understand the varied approaches to music research through consideration of case studies of Western and non-Western, notated and oral, and traditional and contemporary music practices.
    4 Develop aural and analytical skills through assessed work in transcription and analysis.
    5 Develop 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader
    Assigned readings may be found in the Course Reader, which can be purchased from the Online Shop.
    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.

    1 x 2 hour lecture per week (12 weeks) 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1 hour seminar per week (10 weeks) 10 hours per semester
    5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    14 hours in total exam revision 14 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    1200 word written assignment Formative and summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 5
    Transcription/analysis exercises Summative 20% 1, 3, 4
    Notes on reading questions Formative and summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Exam Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 5
    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
    Students will write a 1200 word written on an assigned topic.

    Following an introduction to the requisite concepts and skills and some in-class practice, students will prepare brief transcriptions/analyses of excerpts of non-Western music. Submitted work generally involves modified forms of music notation, but may also involve digitally-aided graphic representation and written word analyses.

    Students will be given 2-3 questions for each week's assigned reading and will prepare brief notes covering these questions for discussion and submission in class.

    The 2-hour exam will require students to write 4 answers of approximately 300 400 words each to 4 questions chosen from a total of 8-9 questions. The exam is closed-book; however, students will be able to make use of the notes on the reading questions which they submitted during the semester.
    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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