MUSHONS 4001 - Honours Music Research Methodology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MUSHONS 4001 Course Honours Music Research Methodology Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Successful completion of BMus or equivalent/related undergraduate degree Assumed Knowledge Commensurate with a strong result in the completion of Level III of the degree of B.Mus or demonstrated equivalent (as appropriate) Restrictions Available to students admitted to relevant Honours program or MA Creative Practice in Music Specialisation students only Course Description The primary purpose of the 6,000 word research paper is to provide preparation for postgraduate studies by research, whether in Composition, Classical Performance, Jazz Performance, Performance and Pedagogy, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Popular Music or Sonic Arts. Preparation of the research paper will be carried out under the supervision of the Honours Research Methodology Coordinator. Students are required to identify, articulate and investigate a research question relevant to one of the chosen specialisations listed above. There will be 12 research seminars in semester 1 in order to prepare students for this project. Students will be required to keep a weekly journal (2000 words weighted at 15%) documenting class discussion and including individual commentary. Students will be required to make class presentations on a regular basis as they prepare and construct the 6000 word research paper itself (weighted at 85%). Full-time and part-time students must undertake Honours Music Research Methodology as an unbroken sequence.
Course Coordinator: Professor Charles Bodman Rae
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. To develop awareness of scholarly approaches to research
2. To formulate a topic and research question(s) relevant to the area of specialisation
3. To develop a suitable methodology to undertake the research
4. To prepare a research project (6000 words or equivalent)
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, 3, 4 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, 4 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
1, 2, 3, 4
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThrough regular presentations and discussion weekly seminars allow for the exchange of ideas concerning research questions being posed by each student in relation to their chosen centre of interest. This is likely to relate to the particular musical works being explored in students’ minor and major recitals but might also encompass alternative areas of enquiry with which the student shows especially empathy. One to one supervisions allow for greater depth and detail to be explored.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.During the semester attendance at seminars, plus individual supervisions, plus 21 hours preparation per week (including 6 hours mandated reading, 7 hours writing work, 8 hours research), will result in approximately 24 hours workload per week. 24 hours workload is expected in Week 13, making a total workload of 312 hours.
Learning Activities SummaryBarr Smith and Elder Music Library Resources; Foundation for Honours – Preparing a Research Project; Preparing Research Questions; The Research Project Template for construction of the printed document; Preparing a Synopsis of the Project; Preparing a Working Title; Qualitative Research – achieving objectivity and refining the evidence; Regular reporting on progress achieved; Constructing a Log of Seminar Activities; Assessment of and reflection on the achievement of self and others.
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6000 word Research Project 85%, Learning Objectives 1-4
2000 word journal documenting seminar
content throughout the semester & the
relation of students’ own research to this content 15% Learning Objectives 1, 2 and 3.
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M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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