Music and Digital Media

Course code MTEC6705Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course examines the use of music-related media in a variety of electronic formats (such as audio, MIDI, animations, graphics, video, etc). Students will undertake media research and production tasks to locate, analyse, modify and create material that may be used in musical applications (for example, music video clips). Compilation of this material will culminate in a music project demonstrating the practical application of the media produced.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be expected to:

1. demonstrate the skills required to source and create musical multimedia material
2. demonstrate a comprehension of various media manipulation software packages
3. demonstrate an understanding of the constructional approaches used in music-oriented multimedia presentations (for example, musical-based slideshows)
4. demonstrate the ability to combine various forms of digital media into a cohesive form
5. demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups
ContentTopics may include (but are not limited to):

- Editing music digitally for use in digital media presentations
- The combination of several types of digital media material into cohesive forms (such as sound and pictures)
- Editing graphics (such as musical notation)
- Usage of music and video file formats (such as MIDI, MP3 and MPG files)
- Web based multimedia resources
- Timelines and visual synchronisation to music
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces no existing courses. No courses offered within the University provides a similar focus on Music Technology applications at postgraduate level. This course will have no impact on other Faculties or Schools.
TransitionThis course requires no transitional arrangements.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item #1 (30% of total assessment) - Students are required to practically examine professional music-related digital media material to identify key components of construction and content. This may include an examination of various music-related media players. They will need to address specified investigative criteria and compile a written report of their findings together with appropriate support material (if required).
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAssessment Item #4 (10% of total assessment) - Students will need to provide evidence of online class participation and activities from throughout the duration of the trimester. The summary should include evidence about the frequency, content and relevancy of their online contributions. This may include information from discussion forms, virtual chats sessions, email communication, etc.
Other: (please specify)Assessment Item #2 (30% of total assessment) - Students are required to research and design a music-oriented digital media project. It must contain specified digital media components which may include sound and visual content of musical performances or notational scoring. Production of media content for the project may also be commenced. Students must document their work and provide appropriate support material (where required).
Other: (please specify)Assessment Item #3 (30% of total assessment) - By compiling customised digital media material, students will produce a music-related digital media project. It must address specific criteria of music content and be supported by documentation (if required). This task is the realisation of the music digital media project designed in Assessment #2.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MTEC6705