MUSICOL 3100 - Music Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

Music Research and Professional Practice is a capstone course for B.Mus/Musicology and B.Mus/Music Education-Pedagogy students. The course develops knowledge and skills relating to researching music, its scholarly presentation and their application in professional life. Case studies with different theoretical and practical perspectives help the student to develop a further understanding of methodologies available to the researcher as well as broadening knowledge of music and its application to music-making and professional practice more generally. The seminar mode of learning enables students to explore key issues through problem-solving exercises and discussion. Students then have the opportunity to complete an agreed research project which may include spending a short time working with a private sector or industry partner depending upon availability.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 3100
    Course Music Research Project
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSICOL 3001 or MUSEP 3101
    Incompatible MUSICOL 3002
    Restrictions Available to BMus students studying Musicology and MusEd&Ped only
    Assessment Weekly Reports, Literature Reviews, Oral Presentation, Research Project Proposal
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Dollman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

    1 Demonstrate critical interpretations of music scholarship as relevant to both the theoretical and practical aspects of music and music-making
    2 Understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project and appropriately employ text, performance, composition or a combination of formats to document outcomes
    3 Have confidence in the communication of research outcomes and employ appropriate professional standards when using written, oral, and electronic modes of delivery
    4 Understand the key theoretical and practical issues in music and music research and apply these more broadly in professional life.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader
    Recommended Resources

    Reading lists and web source links will be provided to students at the beginning of the semester.
    Essay writing guides, music resources, referencing and the use of TURNITIN as an educational tool will be integrated into learning activities.
    Online Learning

    MyUni will be used to provide specialist seminar materials and assignments available during the semester. It will also be used for announcements and online submission of assessments.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The objectives and issues for the topic for each week’s learning activities are established so that preparation can be focused and areas of concern flagged. Problem solving is an integral part of the seminar activities. Students are also encouraged to ask questions in the seminars, with answers solicited from other members of the group rather than from the lecturer. The range of specialisations and background in the group is valued from the first seminar and different perspectives recognised as informing understanding of music and music-making which lies at the core of what the occurs in professional life.

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

    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week = 24 hours per semester

    5 hours research per week = 60 hours per semester

    5 hours assignment preparation per week = 60 hours per semester

    7 hours reading per week = 84 hours per semester

    7 hours placement (or equivalent) per week = 84 hours per semester

    TOTAL WORKLOAD:  312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Topic
    1 Research methods
    2 Research methods
    3 Research methods
    4 Research methods
    5 Ethical practice and codes of conduct
    6 Writing and Presentation Styles
    7 Writing and Presentation Styles
    8 Case Studies
    9 Case Studies
    10 Case Studies
    11 Student presentations
    12 Student presentations
  • 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 %
    Learning Outcome(s)
    Assigment 1:
    Program Notes/Lesson Plan
    20% 1, 4

    Assignment 2:
    Project Proposal
    15% 1,2,4
    Assignment 3:
    Oral Presentation
    15% 1,2,3,4
    Assignment 4:
    Final Project Report
    50% 1,2,3,4

    Assessment Detail

    signment 1: Program Notes/Lesson Plan 20%
    Students write program notes for a concert which involves practical applications of research skills and core writing skills that are relevant for all musicians.

    Assignment 2: Project Proposal 15%

    Students write a proposal for the project which becomes the basis of the final assessment. Students receive individual feedback and guidance on the project design and development early in the semester in order to assist implementation of the project objectives. 

    Assignment 3: Oral Presentation 15%

    Students present to the seminar on the process and outcomes of the project. Feedback by peers and course coordinator at this stage also guides students towards the final delivery of the project report  

    Assignment 4: Final Project Report
    Final Project Report on the students selected project


    No information currently available.

    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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