• Class Number 2762
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jos Mulder
    • Dr Jos Mulder
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

Music and Digital Media is an interdisciplinary course focussing on the business, cultural context and scientific nature of the [inter]relationship between music and media. The course blends theoretical perspectives on digital music formats, production, consumption and dissemination with practical workshops on audio and music editing, sound recording and coding for online music and media platforms. Such is the evolutionary nature of music in the digital age that study topics may vary. Current course content includes: a short history of music and digitisation, intellectual property, copyright and ethics; massively collaborative online music production and distribution; case study analyses of music for gaming, music 'apps' and crowd funding for music projects; digital audio visual curation techniques; and, the 'place' of music in social networks, media players and blogs. Learning and teaching activities include lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions and workshops. Students are assessed on a portfolio of practical work, to include: an individually constructed e-CV; a music current affairs podcast for public broadcast; and, a written essay on an individually negotiated topic.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. communicate the ethical implications of music, digitisation and media dissemination via a demonstrated understanding of intellectual property;
  2. complete a podcast recording to a professional standard on an appropriate topic suitable for public broadcast;
  3. generate and synthesise a digital file integrating multimedia elements including audio, video and images; and
  4. critically evaluate current issues surrounding music and digital media from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction Tutorial: Assessment overviews / Set Assessment 1
2 A Short History of Music and Digitisation Tutorial: class discussion
3 Music & The Internet Tutorial: class discussion
4 Music & Streaming Platforms Tutorial: Set Assessment 2
5 Music & Social Media Tutorial: Online e-CV workshop
6 Music, Video & Mashup Culture Tutorial: Online e-CV workshop
7 Music & Podcasting Tutorial: Set Assessment 3
8 Music & Online Communities Tutorial: Podcast workshop
9 Music & Crowdfunding Tutorial: Podcast workshop
10 Music, Online (Re)Mixing & Production Tutorial: Podcast workshop
11 Music, Fans & Engagement Tutorial: Podcast workshop
12 Podcast Assessment - in-class playback Tutorial: class review

Tutorial Registration

See Wattle Tutorial Group links in the main MUSI3309 Wattle pane.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assessment 1 - Individual Written Essay on Negotiated Topic 20 % 01/04/2022 22/04/2022 1, 4
e-CV with Integrated Multimedia Elements 30 % 18/04/2022 09/05/2022 3
Music Current Affairs Podcast 50 % 24/05/2021 03/06/2021 2,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 22/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4

Assessment 1 - Individual Written Essay on Negotiated Topic

Students will research then complete a short, individually negotiated written project on a chosen music and digital media topic.

Examples of acceptable topics include:

  • Digital music formats: artifacts (CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, DAT) or lossy/ lossless codecs (MP3, ATRAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, ALAC)
  • Streaming platforms including Spotify, Pandora, LastFM and issues of sound quality, advertising, revenue
  • Media sites including YouTube, TikTok, Soundcloud
  • Hi-res audio – DSD, Pono, TIDAL, DEEZER
  • Mastering for web audio/ music, to include ‘mastering for iTunes’
  • Crowdfunding/ Kickstarter/ Patreon case studies
  • Music for gaming
  • Music and social networking - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Stem remixing, creative commons and remix competitions
  • Digital music and sound archiving

• Word Length: 1500

• This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 1 and 4.

• Weighting: 20%

• Deadline: 1st April 2022

• Return of feedback: 22nd April 2022

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 18/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 09/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3

e-CV with Integrated Multimedia Elements

Students will design and construct an electronic CV utilising Wix, Wordpress, Weebly or other web-based software. The e-CV should include some, but not necessarily all, of the following:

- A biography, including music-related details

- Images

- Video

- Audio clips

- Integrated social network links

- Other links

The design should focus on ‘online identity’ with clear continuity between multimedia elements.

• Maximum pages - 4

• This assignment covers Learning Outcome 3.

• Weighting: 30%

• Deadline: 18th April 2022

• Return of feedback: 9th May 2022

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 24/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Music Current Affairs Podcast

In groups of no more than 5 (dependent on class numbers), students will author, direct, record and produce a 15-minute current affairs Podcast on a current music issue. Example subjects might be:

- The post-pandemic music industry

- Music, education and funding

- Live music events and ticketing

- Music and copyright

- Technology and consumption

- Digital music distribution

- Music streaming and revenue

The Podcast must contain a group discussion as the main content, featuring clear contributions from all group members.

Additionally, the discussion should be ‘book ended’ with a suitably programmed/ sampled piece of music and/ or jingle.

Group Podcasts will be collated into the ‘ANU School of Music Podcast Series’ for potential public broadcast (TBC).

• Podcast Length: 15 minutes

• This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 2 and 4.

• Weighting: 50%

• Deadline: Tuesday May 24th 2022 (in class Podcast playback - compulsory attendance)

• Return of feedback: Friday June 3rd 2022

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jos Mulder

Research Interests

Music Technology, Sound Recording, Recorded Music

Dr Jos Mulder

By Appointment
Dr Jos Mulder

Research Interests

Dr Jos Mulder

By Appointment

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