- Class Number 5406
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Jos Mulder
- Joshua Robinson
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply research skills appropriate to their area of research, and understand the materials, critical, historical, and oral sources of music research;
- work independently with minimal supervision;
- analyse music from historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural contexts using sophisticated vocabulary and tools for speaking and writing critically about music; and
- 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.
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)
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.
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.
|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%)|
Tutorial RegistrationANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Proposal and Bibliography||15 %||29/09/2023||1-4|
|Research Project Oral Presentation||20 %||20/10/2023||1-4|
|Research Essay||65 %||27/10/2023||1-4|
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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
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: 29 September. Estimated return date: Week 10.
1. Clarity and structure of written research proposal as per the course guidelines
2. Demonstrated understanding of the chosen research topic and evidence of well researched investigation, ideas, and analysis
3. Quality and originality of research questions
4. Evidence of ability to effectively use appropriate research resources and tools in the collection of sources relevant to the chosen research topic
5. Demonstrated ability to identify an appropriate research methodology and methods for the research project
6. Quality of primary, secondary and academic sources relevant to the chosen research topic
7. Demonstrated understanding of appropriate formatting of a formal bibliography and citation method in Chicago style
Assessment Task 2
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.
Due: 20 October. Estimated return date: Week 12
1. Clarity and organization in the oral presentation of the chosen research project, including its aims, questions, context, methodology, methods, results and significance
2. Evidence of individual research, critical analysis, and use, understanding and interpretation of primary, secondary and existing scholarly sources relevant to the chosen topic
3. Evidence of understanding and application of research methods in music relevant to the chosen research project
4. Overall quality of presentation, including visual and audio-visual examples and time limit
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
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: 27 October. Estimated return date: 20 November.
1. Clarity and structure of articulation of the chosen research project, including aims, questions, context, methodology, methods, results and significance as per course guidelines
2. Quality of individual investigation, critical analysis, and use, understanding and interpretation of primary, secondary and existing scholarly sources relevant to the chosen topic
3. Understanding and application of research methods in music relevant to the chosen research project
4. Articulation of a well-developed, cohesive and substantiated research argument relevant to the chosen topic
5. Quality of academic writing and referencing
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