MUSONIC 1001 - Music & Sound Fundamentals 1A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MUSONIC 1001 Course Music & Sound Fundamentals 1A 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 Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge of music required Restrictions Available to BMus, DipMus students only Course Description Music and Sound Fundamentals 1A involves the theoretical and aural examination of musical concepts relevant to the fields of Sonic Arts, Sound Engineering and Music Production. Specifically, the course enables students to develop an understanding of the connections between the physical nature of sound and listening, while developing skills in music theory and aural that are relevant to audio professionals. A range of concepts are introduced, including the physics of sound, physiology of hearing and basic critical listening. These concepts are connected with the fundamentals of music theory including pitch, rhythm, texture and melody. By the conclusion of the course, students will have acquired a solid understanding of basic music theory concepts and developed skills in their application to music production. In addition, students will have developed an appreciation of the importance of listening and acquired basic critical listening skills that can be applied to studio situations.
Course Coordinator: Mr Stephen Whittington
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Understanding of the fundamental principles of sound from the perspective of physics, psychoacoustics, cognition and psychology.
2. Understanding of how the physical. perceptual and cognitive aspects of sound shape music and the human response to music.
3. Ability to distinguish between various modes of description of sound and the ability to use appropriate vocabularies according to the context.
4. Ability to apply understanding of acoustic and auditory aspects of sound to research.
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, 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, 3, 4
Learning & Teaching Activities
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummarySummary of Assessments
Attendance at Tutorials: 10%
Online Exam Week 6: 10%
Online Exam week 8: 10%
Research Assignment: 30%
End-of-Semester Exam: 40%
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.
1. Tutorial attendance has been replaced with a listening journal - weighting remains unchanged.
2. End-of-semester exam will now be conducted online - weighting remains unchanged.
Assessment Related RequirementsPlease note the following:
Assessments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions may be accepted, but there will be a penalty (refer to individual assignment details for further information.)
All assessments are submitted online for this course.
Assessment Detail1. The online test in Week 4 will cover ideas, concepts and listening activities of weeks 1-4.2.
2. The online test in Week 8 will cover ideas, concepts and listening activities of weeks 5-8.3.
3. Tutorial and workshop attendance and participation is an essential part of this course.4.
4.The end of semester on-line exam will test understanding of all material discussed in this course.
5. The research essay (1500 words) is an opportunity for students to research and write about ideas, concepts and material covered in this course, focussing in particularly on listening and writing about sound.
SubmissionAll submissions for this course are made online. Refer to individual assignments for details.
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.
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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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