MUSICOL 3100 - Music Research & Professional Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 & Professional Practice
    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 3001
    Incompatible MUSICOL 3002
    Restrictions Available only to B.Mus (Musicology) and B.Mus (Music Education & Pedagogy) students
    Assessment Writing program notes 20%, Project proposal 15%, Seminar presentation 15%, Final project report 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kimi Coaldrake

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    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)
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • 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.


    1x2-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


    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 Tasks

    Assignment 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 1 Learning Objectives: 1,4

    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 2 Learning Objectives: 1,2,4

    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 3 Learning Objectives: 1,2,3,4

    Assignment 4: Final Project Report   50%
    Final Project Report on the students selected project
    Assignment 4 Learning Objectives: 1,2,3,4

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    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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