MUSSUPST 2000 - Music Advanced Minor Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course is unique to the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) program. As such, it is (a) a required course for all Bachelor of Music (Advanced) students and (b) is available only to students in the Bachelor of Music (Advanced) program. This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue an individually tailored unit of specialised study in either the performance, creative or research domains. In consultation with both the Course Co-ordinator and the Head of Studies responsible for the student's particular area of specialisation within either the Performance, Creative Arts or Research Majors, students will create and develop a project proposal for an individually tailored unit of specialised study that is directly related to, and which extends the scope of, their studies in their area of specialisation. With approval from the Course Co-ordinator, students may be able to pursue an interdisciplinary project across two or three of these domains. Students will pursue their projects through a combination of (a) periodic individual consultation with the Course Co-ordinator and/or the relevant Head of Studies, and (b) a mutually agreed structured program of private study and research. Students will also participate in a weekly seminar to present and discuss the progress of their projects and related issues.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSSUPST 2000
    Course Music Advanced Minor Project
    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 N
    Prerequisites Successful completion of 24 units at Level I of the Bachelor of Music (Advanced)
    Restrictions Available to BMus(Adv) students only
    Assessment Proposal presentation 15%, Seminar presentation 25%, Final project 50%, Active participation in seminars 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM

    As appropriate and relevant, guest lecturers/presesnters may also be involved in the teaching of this course.
    Course Timetable

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

    100% attendance at, and pro-active participation in, all of the weekly 2-hour seminars is expected of all students in this course.

    A detailed schedule of seminars and presentations will be given to students in Week 1 of the course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Exhibit musical skills and practices that, through attention to relevant detail, illustrate a strong and maturing conceptual and interpretative understanding of the student’s own area of specialisation.

    2. Exhibit a range of musical, analytical, problem solving, communication, technological and research skills that underpin the independent and imaginative creation and development of a performance, creative or research project.

    3. Manifest an informed understanding of the standards required for professional endeavour in Music together with an ability to insightfully assess one’s own work and that of fellow musicians.

    4. Exhibit skills in written and verbal communication.

    5. Exhibit curiosity, motivation, self-awareness and problem-solving skills that will enable continuous learning and growth.

    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.

    1, 3, 5

    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.

    2, 3

    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.

    3, 4

    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.

    2, 4, 5

    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.

    3, 5

    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.

    1, 3, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    • Regular listening to a variety of performances (live & recorded) is highly recommended.
    • Students can listen to 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 for downloading).
    • The link to the Naxos catalogue is In the Music Resources Guide:
    • You will find links to both Naxos and Naxos Jazz under “Quick Links” on the left side of the page.
    • The 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.
    • Resources Online: Access to online music from library’s other Music Database (Music Online – incorporating Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, American Song, Contemporary World Music and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries) is now integrated in Library Search – just type the work you require into the general Library Search box and narrow down appropriately.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment arrangements (percentages & tasks) for this course have not changed.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment in this course will involve the following elements:

    1.    Project Proposal Presentation: 10%
    Each student will present their Project Proposal will to the seminar in Week 3 (usually) of the semester.  Further instructions and timelines will be given to the students in Week 1 of the course.

    2.    Seminar Presentation: 20%
    The Seminar Presentation will usually be given in the final weeks of the semester.  Further instructions (including a schedule of presentations) will be given to the students in Week 1 of the course. 

    3.    Final Project Submission: 45%
    The nature of the Final Project will depend on the student’s Major and the area of specialisation within that Major.  The tailoring of the project itself will determine the exact form of the Final Submission.  Therefore, the specific details of the assessment will be mutually agreed upon by both the student, the relevant Head of Studies and the Course Co-ordinator following the Proposal presentation.

    4.    Reflective Journal (including Seminar Participation): 20%

    Students will be given detailed instructons about the submission of all assignments in Week 1 of the course.
    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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    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 ( 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.

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