The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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. This course is intended to complement MUSI4402 or CAPA4001 and prepare students for the development and completion of their research in MUSI4604 or CAPA4003

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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


This course will include a 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 coordinator; 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program,

Assumed knowledge

It 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.

Assessment items

Presentation: Seminar Presentation (Week 9. Worth 40%)

Project: Major Project. (Week 15. Worth 60%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 17 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term