Research Project Development

Course code MUSI4401Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course will assist students to conceptualise, initiate, plan and develop a research project appropriate to the Honours level. These activities will include the initial scoping of the project, literature reviews, writing workshops, pilot activities and project planning as well as substantial work towards the substance of the research project, in whichever form and using whichever method is selected. This course is intended to complement and extend upon MUSI4402 and to prepare students for the development and completion of their research in MUSI4604.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course students will demonstrate:

1. the necessary skills to conceptualise and undertake a substantive piece of research in the Music;
2. contextualised understanding of the complex critical discourses that inform research in the Music;
3. Research and reflective skills relevant to the particular project;
4. written and oral communication skills commensurate with research at honours level in the Music.
5. project management, initiative, autonomy, self confidence and planning skills as required to scope and plan the activities and timelines to complete a research project within the given timeframe
ContentThis course will include a directed reading component and/or directed study of works relevant to the student’s research project to be determined in consultation with the student’s supervisor and the Honours co-ordinator; the production of a literature review; together with scoping and initiation of the student’s research project. In addition, the course will include participation in engaged discussions, group critique, oral presentations, analytical essays, and where appropriate, practice-based tasks.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces the courses MUSI4201, MUSI4211 and MUSI4603.
TransitionThe introduction of this course poses no transitional problems to existing students in the Music Honours program.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is assumed that students entering the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program will have successfully completed a Bachelor of Music program (or equivalent), and attained an average credit grade in the major study relevant to their proposed Honours music specialisation.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch paper, to include all aspects of the research design, completed and proposed activities, timeline and resource planning, well-developed project proposal, method, literature review and conceptualization of structure of creative work and exegesis where appropriate (with due allowance for experimentation, discovery and co-development of the creative work and exegesis which may occur as the work develops)(approx 6000 wds)
SeminarSeminar presentation to peers and short written summary (1000 wds)
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 17 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MUSI4401