• Class Number 7586
  • Term Code 3460
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Pat O'Grady
    • Dr Pat O'Grady
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2024
  • Class End Date 25/10/2024
  • Census Date 31/08/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2024
SELT Survey Results

Creative practice based research results in a creative output such as a public recital, a portfolio of compositions, or an exploration of a practical aspect music technology. This creative output is based on a traditional research process that involved identifying a research question, undertaking a literature review (which may include audio-visual sources, notated music, etc), gathering and analysing data, and articulating the original contribution that the creative output makes. However, unlike a traditional text-based thesis, the process is implicit in the creative output and easily identifiable only to the researcher and a small number of highly-trained specialists. The purpose of the exegesis is for a clear articulation in words of this process.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. articulate the creative ideas adopted and the creative ideas rejected in the preparation of their thesis;
  2. analyse and critique those decisions, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology;
  3. place those decisions in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition and explain the original contribution of the thesis; and
  4. communicate their research process and its outcomes both orally and in writing.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, 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
  • peer feedback in writing workshops

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 Checking in
2 Reading Critically
3 Thinking about structure Student-led workshops
4 Workshopping our introductions Student-led workshops
5 Figures, Tables and Referencing Student-led workshops
6 Thesis program notes workshop Student-led workshops
7 Workshopping our lit reviews
8 Research Student Symposium Participation in the Student Research Symposium
9 Workshopping our methodology chapters
10 Workshopping the chapters discussing out work
11 Workshopping conclusions
12 Final draft workshop Exegesis is due during the exam period

Tutorial Registration

ANU 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 Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Writing workshop (10%) 10 % 02/09/2024 16/09/2024 1,2,3,4
Exegesis (90%) 90 % 03/11/2024 18/11/2024 1,2,3,4

* 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.


Students attend the weekly course seminar and weekly School of Music Research Colloquium

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/09/2024
Return of Assessment: 16/09/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Writing workshop (10%)

In week 3, 4, or 5 you will be asked to lead a 30min writing workshop for the rest of the class. Based on the weekly theme you will select an excerpt from something from your own literature review to discuss and unpack in class. Your workshop should also include (1) a discussion of a related excerpt from your own exegesis, (2) what you can learn from the other excerpt, and (3) how this analysis can impact the work of your classmates.

How can you structure a 30min workshop so your classmates can use these findings to develop their own work? What general and useful ideas come out of this analysis and discussion?

Assessment Criteria:

  • Discussion of an excerpt from your literature review
  • Discussion of an excerpt from your own exegesis
  • Engagement of classmates and relevance to their own work
  • Organisation of your workshop
  • Evidence of preparation

Assessment Task 2

Value: 90 %
Due Date: 03/11/2024
Return of Assessment: 18/11/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Exegesis (90%)

This task constitutes the major piece of assessment for MUSI4410, and takes the form of a written exegesis which supports the creative practice research work undertaken within THES4105. This information should therefore be read in conjunction with the course outline and assessment information for THES4105.

Word Limit: 5000 words

The exegesis is the major written component of your creative practice research project, the creative components of which are completed within THES4105. The exegesis should be prepared in consultation with your Honours supervisor(s).

The exegesis should:

  • Clearly set out the topic and research questions of the creative practice research project
  • Clearly situate the project within relevant intellectual discourses
  • Demonstrate how relevant theories, conceptual frameworks and methodologies have been employed with relation to the creative practice research project
  • Develop cohesive and well substantiated arguments which respond to the research questions of the project
  • Demonstrate the ways in which the creative practice research project makes a contribution to the field in which it is situated

Assessment Criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to devise research questions appropriate to the project, and to situate these questions within appropriate intellectual discourses
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively employ theories and methodologies of creative practice research as appropriate to the project
  • Demonstrated ability to develop cohesive, clear and substantiated arguments regarding the creative practice research project
  • Ability to effectively communicate the contribution of the project to research through creative practice
  • The quality of academic writing and referencing (including in-text citations and a bibliography - all in Chicago Style)

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 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. Any use of artificial intelligence must be properly referenced. Failure to properly cite use of Generative AI will be considered a breach of academic integrity.

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).

  • ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
  • ANU Accessibility for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
  • ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
  • ANU Academic Skills supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
  • ANU Counselling promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
  • ANUSA supports and represents all ANU students
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