Honours Research Project

Course code MUSI4604Units 40Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course will involve the preparation, production and presentation of a substantial music project that will lay the foundation for a career in music research or the music profession. It is designed for students who reach a high level of achievement within the undergraduate program and external students of comparable ability. The course involves the presentation of a research topic be it in performance, creative practice or more traditional approaches such as a thesis. A topic based in performance or creative practice must be combined with a written component called the exegesis. Area of research may potentially include any topic within the discipline of music subject to the availability of a supervisor. The exact nature and scope of the honours project is to be discussed in consultation with the student’s supervisor.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will demonstrate:
1. detailed understanding of the key issues and concepts relating to their chosen field of study;
2. detailed knowledge of materials and sources relating to their chosen field of study;
3. ability to critically analyse and historically and aesthetically contextualise ideas relevant to their research project;

4. ability to formulate and develop a research study through a suitable research method

5. ability to complete an extended research thesis or dissertation at Honours level OR a written exegesis with an accompanying creative project at Honours level;
ContentThis course will involve the preparation and production of a substantial thesis. The overall thesis may consist of a research thesis (approximately 15,000-18,000 wds) OR a creative work and exegesis (equivalent length). The number of words in relation to the creative or performance component is flexible ranging between 30% and 70% for either the written and practical components. The student will be required to undertake independent research on a topic of their choice within the discipline of music in consultation with an appropriate supervisor and subject to approval by the Program convenor.
Replacing Course(s)This course is not a new course. It does not replace any existing courses.
TransitionNo transitional arrangements required.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMUSI4402 MUSI4401
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)A substantial research project comprising either a creative project with accompanying written exegesis OR a written dissertation of thesis length. (approximately 14,000-18,000 wds or equivalent)
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 37 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 MUSI4604