• Class Number 5467
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Bonnie McConnell
    • Jennifer Newsome
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce students to a range of source materials and will develop skills in the areas of disciplinary-specific methods and concepts. It will provide students an opportunity to complete an extended and focused piece of research on a musical topic. These topics can engage with a range of areas including current research projects of the school, collections held at national cultural institutions, and digital collections.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply research skills appropriate to their area of research, and understand the materials, critical, historical, and oral sources of music research;
  2. work independently with minimal supervision;
  3. analyse music from historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural contexts using sophisticated vocabulary and tools for speaking and writing critically about music; and
  4. identify and communicate outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Additional Course Costs

In completing their research for this course students may incur additional costs, for example relating to attendance at performances or access to the internet. The specifics will depend upon the details of the student’s chosen topic.

Required Resources

Students will need access to a computer, reliable internet and Zoom capability for this class. Readings will be available in the ANU Library or provided in class or on the course Wattle site.

Selected Resources and References (on Wattle site)

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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Outline overview. Why we write about music? What is research design? What is musicology? Overview and exploration of essential music reference sources and research tools. Readings critical analysis class forum. Individual research topics round table.
2 Choosing a research topic. Research paradigm, methodology, methods and plan. Writing about music-concepts and terms. Locating relevant research sources. Readings critical analysis round table. Individual topic research workshop.
3 Refining and developing the research topic. Writing an annotated bibliography. Readings presentations. Individual research projects round table.
4 Types of research sources. Evaluating the state of research. Research topics and annotated bibliography presentations. Readings critical analysis round table.
5 Research sources evaluation. Writing research proposals. Individual selected research sources analysis presentations.
6 Research Essay writing. Research proposals-selected readings class forum. Individual research projects round table. Mid-semester student feedback.
7 Writer in profile (TBC). Draft research proposals class presentations.
8 Research Essay writing. Research essay selected readings class forum. Individual research projects and writing round table. Research Proposal and Bibliography (15%)
9 Writer in profile (TBC). Research resources (cont.). Preparing oral presentations. Individual research projects and writing round table.
10 Research Essay writing. Drafts of research essay presentations. Individual research readings and writing round table.
11 Research Essay writing. Research essay readings and final drafts writing forum/workshop. Research Project Oral Presentations (20%)
12 Research Essay writing. Semester wrap up. ?Research Essay (65%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Research Proposal and Bibliography 15 % 1-4
Research Project Oral Presentation 20 % 1-4
Research Essay 65 % 1-4

* 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 Misconduct 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 Integrity . 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.


Students are expected to apply active learning approaches in this course, including preparation of readings, participation in lecture/seminar and tutorial/workshop class forums and round table discussions and non-graded presentations.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Research Proposal and Bibliography

Students are required to submit a detailed formal Research Proposal and Bibliography by the end of week 8. The Research Proposal should provide a well-structured and clear outline of the proposed research, including the main line/s of argument, as per course guidelines. The Research Proposal should be accompanied by an annotated bibliography of at least 15 sources that are to be used for the Research Essay. These should include a variety of primary, secondary and scholarly sources displaying both breadth and depth of research. Referencing and the bibliography should be formatted in Chicago Style 17 (notes and bibliography). Word limit: 1000 words (bibliography separate). Value: 15%. Presentation requirements: Uploaded to Turnitin, with cover sheet, and formatted in Chicago Style 17 (notes and bibliography). Due: 2 October. Estimated return date: Week 10.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Research Project Oral Presentation

Students are required to present their research findings in a 15-minute oral paper (+ 5 minutes questions). The presentation should outline your research project, including its aims, context, results and significance, in a clear and well-structured manner, as per course guidelines. Students are encouraged to utilise PowerPoint and/or other audio-visual aids to enhance the effectiveness of their presentations. Note: the presentations may be recorded. A printed copy of the presentation is to be provided to the Course Convenor/Lecturer. Word limit: n/a. Value: 20%. Due: 23 October. Estimated return date: 20 November.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 65 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Research Essay

The Research Essay is the formal written presentation of the research project and its findings. Specific approaches and presentation will depend on individual topics. The Research Essay should provide a clear, well-structured articulation of the chosen research project, including aims, questions, context, methodology and substantiated research thesis/position and argument, as per course guidelines. Word limit: 4000 words. Value: 65 %. Presentation requirements: Uploaded to Turnitin, with cover sheet, and formatted in Chicago Style 17 (notes and bibliography). Due: 30 October. Estimated return date: 20 November.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

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 Bonnie McConnell

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Dr Bonnie McConnell

Jennifer Newsome

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Jennifer Newsome

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