MUSONIC 2920 - Music 2.0

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course examines the impact that recent technologies have had on music. In particular, the course will theoretically and practically examine the key shifts that technology has had on the understanding, distribution and creation of music and sound. This will be achieved by theoretically and practically exploring the field of music technology through seminars and workshops. Topics covered may include: remixing, mashups, the internet, MP3, social media, music technology, new media, death of the songwriter and musician, and stealing as music. Further, students will complete readings and listenings that reinforce concepts, provide new insights and techniques; and perform practical exercises that promote investigative learning and research. A key feature of this course is the advanced use of Ableton Live.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSONIC 2920
    Course Music 2.0
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Prerequisites MUSONIC 1000
    Incompatible MUSPMACT 3212
    Course Description This course examines the impact that recent technologies have had on music. In particular, the course will theoretically and practically examine the key shifts that technology has had on the understanding, distribution and creation of music and sound. This will be achieved by theoretically and practically exploring the field of music technology through seminars and workshops. Topics covered may include: remixing, mashups, the internet, MP3, social media, music technology, new media, death of the songwriter and musician, and stealing as music. Further, students will complete readings and listenings that reinforce concepts, provide new insights and techniques; and perform practical exercises that promote investigative learning and research. A key feature of this course is the advanced use of Ableton Live.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Christian Haines

    Staff: 
    Christian Haines
    christian.haines@adelaide.edu.au

    831 33799
    Schulz 9.11

    Sebastian Tomczak
    sebastian.tomczak@adelaide.edu.au
    Schulz 5.13

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Extend their artistic and technical skills using creative technologies
    2. Develop techniques for exploratory and performative research in music making and production
    3. Enhance their problem solving skills through the use of technology
    4. Develop a reflexive active skill set that can adapt to the rapidly changing creative and technological landscape, its practices and processes
    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. 1,2,4
    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. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Hardware

    • USB Stick or portable hard drive with enough capacity to store files associated with the course and formatted as Apple OSX HFS+.
    • Stereo headphones with a 6.5mm male adaptor.
    • Note – students must bring both their USB storage and Headphones (with adaptor) to university, as they are required for various classes and for using laboratories and studios.

    Sound Levels & Hearing Protection

    This course may require using spaces where a dB meter has been installed. If you exceed the set dB limit for the space, the lights will flash.  Students found exceeding these levels will have their booking privileges revoked for two weeks, and repeat offenders may have their booking privileges revoked for the remainder of the academic year.

    In order to minimise risk in noise-prone situations, the Conservatorium makes both reusable gel ear-plugs and disposable foam ear-plugs available to students and staff free of charge at all times. Students and staff are also urged to consider purchase of customised personal hearing protection.

    For more information regarding sound levels, hearing and hearing loss please refer both to the full content of the O'Brien Report and to the excellent publication by Canadian audiologist/academic Marshall Chasin, entitled Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians both available here: http://music.adelaide.edu.au/hsw/documents/

    Recommended Resources

    Listening

    Students can listen to musical works through the library's Naxos subscription (see library catalogue, search using Naxos as the title and limit search to ‘electronic resources’. You will be prompted to enter your uni ID number and password to access the Naxos catalogue). There is a wealth of material available for listening (but not downloading). The link to the Naxos catalogue is as follows:
    http://proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/login?url=http://uoa.naxosmusiclibrary.com/

    Library

    The Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/branch/eml/

    Referencing Guide

    Bibliography and references are to be cited according to the Music Referencing Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/musicreferencing

    Online Learning

    MyUni is a crucial part of this course and will provide students with access to assessment and learning materials, such as quizzes, discussion boards, slide presentations, readings, links, sound and video. Materials will be provided on a topic-by-topic basis over the semester: http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The course structure and content is delivered through a range of classes and materials. The classes in this course consist of seminars and workshops.

    Seminar

    • The seminars in this course present theoretical content that creates a topic framework, which students will then expand using out-of-class resources in their own time. The resources will compliment, reinforce and extend the concepts presented.

    Workshop

    • Workshops will explore a wide range of practical aspects of the course and its associated topics and concepts.
    • Students will be set regular practical tasks as part of their portfolio assessment and be required to present their work during the workshop.
    • Although workshops will from time to time contain presentations from the instructor, the workshop will largely be an opportunity for students to obtain assistance with their practical and creative development and practice. Students need to actively and on a week-by-week basis maintain their practical and creative development, using the workshop to raise issues and solve problems.
    • Finally, the workshops provide a forum by which students can begin to explore their own ideas and practice using lecture and tutorial materials as inspiration and points of departure.
    Further, students will be presented with additional theoretical and/or practical materials. The materials expand on the topic and compliment, reinforce and extend the concepts presented.
    Workload

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

    This course consists of 48 contact hours - 4 hours per week over 12 weeks for the seminars and workshops, where students will play an active role in the practice, refinement, consolidation and extension of their knowledge and understanding. In addition students will spend a minimum of 108 non-contact hours over the duration of the course on self-initiated learning and research, reading, writing, practice and assessment in order to pass the course, making the minimum workload 156 hours.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements

    EMU Facilities Access Provisions

    This course will involve using the resources of the Electronic Music Unit (EMU). This includes facilities such as studios, recording spaces and digital audio workstations. For more information about these facilities and how to make bookings go to the EMU website: http://www.emu.adelaide.edu.au/

    In order for students to complete the course they must gain ongoing and permanent access to EMU. Access and use of EMU is based upon the following:

    1. Users must complete and pass the EMU Guide Assessment (EGA).  In order to pass the EGA users must receive a 90% or above grade. Users will have a maximum of 3 attempts at passing the EGA before being prohibited from taking the EGA further. If a user fails to pass the EGA after 3 attempts, or doesn’t pass by the end of week 4 of the course (which ever comes first), they will not be permitted to continue the course, or any other courses requiring access to EMU, and won’t be provided access or permission to use any of the EMU facilities.
    2. Users agree to and sign the EMU User Agreement (EUA). Users found in breach of the EUA will automatically have access penalties imposed:
      • First breach: students will have all booking privileges removed and have after-hours access suspended for a period of 4-weeks.
      • Second breach: students will have all booking privileges removed and have after-hours access suspended for until start of the next academic semester.
      • Third breach: students will have all booking privileges removed and all access suspended until the start of the next academic year

    Information is available on the EMU website: https://www.emu.adelaide.edu.au/intranet/emu_guide/

    Other Expectations

    Except where otherwise indicated by the lecturer, tutor or workshop instructor – mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, recording devices and other similar technology must be switched off before lessons or classes begin, and kept off for the duration.

  • 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
    Name Description Due %

    Learning
    Outcome/s

    Type
    Minor Creative Project This project will enable students to develop some initial practical skills as they develop the concept for their Major Creative Project, and receive feedback on their work to help give direction to the major project. Week 6 20 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative
    Name Description Due %

    Learning
    Outcome/s

    Type
    Research Project

    This assessment will give students the opportunity to research a topic from the seminar sessions in much greater detail than in class, and inform and give depth to the Major Creative Project. They will also disseminate this research to their peers through on oral presentation.

    Week 10

    40 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative
    Name Description Due %

    Learning
    Outcome/s

    Type
    Major Creative Project The major practical component of the course, allows students to demonstrate creativity, and the culmination of the courses conceptual and practical content. Week 15 40 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative

    Formative Assessment: Classes will contain embedded formative assessment tasks that may include student presentations, discussions, practical exercises, demonstrations and out-of-class work that will enable students to engage with the practical and theoretical concepts presented in order to complete their summative assessments.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Hurdle Assessment

    All students must complete the requirements under “SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS ‘EMU Facilities Access Provisions’”. Students who fail complete these items have failed the course.

    Assessments

    All students must complete and submit all assessments. If a student fails to complete and submit all assessments by the due date and fails to produce the appropriate medical or compassionate certificates, the student may be deemed to have failed that course, irrespective of assignments previously completed. Further, the student will be deemed ineligible for supplementary assessments. Students should consult their respective lecturer, tutor or demonstrator for further information.

    Attendance Expectation & Penalty

    Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student fails to attend at least 75% of tutorials or workshops in a course and fails to produce the appropriate medical or compassionate certificates, the student is deemed to have failed that course, irrespective of assignments previously completed. Students who arrive 20 minutes or later after the start of a class will be marked as absent.

    Leave

    Extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance.  In such cases leave may, upon application using the leave form (available from the Music Office), be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate). Types of leave include: sick leave; compassionate leave; and professional development leave.

    Assessment Detail

    Refer to “ASSESSMENT SUMMARY”

    Submission

    Assessments and Exams

    Students must be available during the identified University teaching, academic and examination periods. Students are not entitled to sit an examination or submit an assessment at another time, nor are they entitled to any other concessions if an examination or assessment conflicts with a planned vacation or special event. Results from assessments and examinations are usually sent to students via email and/or myUni.

    Late Submission

    Assignments where late submissions are permitted and that are submitted after the due date and time will incur a 5% penalty (from the assignment total of 100%) per day (24 hour period) for a maximum of 4 days (weekend days included). After this time the assignment will not be marked for assessment or feedback. Note – typically this does not apply to assessments where the assessment is conducted at a fixed time and location, such as an exam, workshop, practical test, performance or presentation – please refer to the individual assessments for further information.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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