Honours

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Honours

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

SCMU4601 Music Honours Portfolio 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1 hour supervision per week Assessment: Preparation of Honours Portfolio Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
An Honours year can be a very satisfying addition to your degree, an opening to a world of further academic study, such as a PhD and a career in academia, or it can help you develop an area of expertise that could lead to a chosen career path. In this unit of study you will begin the creation of a portfolio of work that is one part of the final submission for your honours year.
SCMU4602 Music Honours Portfolio 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1 hour supervision per week Prerequisites: SCMU4601 Assessment: 1 x 12000-18000 word portfolio Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit of study you will complete the creation of a portfolio of work that is one part of the final submission for your honours year.
SCMU4611 Dissertation Seminar

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Catherine Ingram Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 6 x 1 hour supervision sessions Assessment: Weekly seminar tasks, 1 x presentation Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As part of doing an Honours year in the BMus degree, you are required to write a dissertation on an original topic area. In most cases, this topic area will align in some way with the Portfolio area covered in SCMU4601 Music Honours Portfolio. Dissertation Seminar provides a structure for you to start the process of researching and writing up your topic, in a group-learning based environment. Research and high-level academic writing skills are also covered.
SCMU4612 Dissertation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 x 1 hour supervision sessions Prerequisites: SCMU4611 Assessment: 1 x 8000 word written thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit of study, students will complete their honours dissertation under the supervision of an individual supervisor. Please note that for Musicology students, the requirements of this unit of study should be conflated with SCMU4602 Music Honours Portfolio 2.
Additional 12 credit points in approved units of study

Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours

PERF4610 Performance Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Research Methods Intensive in Welcome Week, 2 hr Dissertation Seminar/week in semester 1, 12 hours supervision and 24 hours instrumental lessons across two semesters including performance workshops, plus participation across two semesters in either ensemble, orchestral, vocal diction or chamber music studies as appropriate. Assessment: A concerto-style or equivalent performance (up to 25 mins or 40mins for jazz students) (20%); Honours public recital of 45-50 minutes (30%); Critical notes (2,000-2,500 words) (10%); 8,000 -10,000 word thesis including Dissertation Seminar (30%); participation in ensemble/performance classes (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Must achieve distinction in performance and all written subjects before taking this unit of study. A staff accompanist will be available to work with the candidate in 8 hours of rehearsal for concerto-style performance and for the final public Recital (semester 2) where this is appropriate to the needs of the performance and approved in advance.
Performance Honours is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education in performance, and a preparation for postgraduate study in music. Intending Honours students should speak to the unit coordinator before enrolling. Honours requirements are: the presentation of both a concerto-style performance (normally in semester 7) as well as a public recital (normally in semester 8), the latter with accompanying critical notes, a dissertation, attendance at Research Methods Intensive Welcome Week, attendance at the Dissertation Seminar, and participation in either ensemble, orchestral, vocal diction or chamber music studies.
PERF4611 Performance Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4610
PERF4002 Performance Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4610
PERF4003 Performance Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4610

Bachelor of Music (Composition) Honours

CMPN4610 Composition Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Research Methods Intensive in Welcome Week, 2 hr Dissertation Seminar/week in semester 1, 12 hours supervision and 24 hours composition supervision across two semesters including composition seminar. Assessment: The final honours mark consists of: Composition Portfolio (50%), an 8,000 to 10,000 word thesis including successful completion of Dissertation Seminar (30%); Advanced Analysis (10%); 12 credit points in approved units of study (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Distinction in Composition 5 and 6 and all written subjects.
Composition Honours is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education in composition, and a preparation for postgraduate study in music. Honours requirements are: A dissertation and original portfolio, attendance at Research Methods intensive Welcome Week, attendance at the Dissertation seminar, and a further 12 credit points in approved units of study. Assessment is done in each semester for all units of study with results held over until completion of the honours programme. Submission on completion of the second semester is required of the portfolio of works (including recordings of as much of the portfolio and possible) and the thesis. Note: a mark is achieved for Advanced Analysis and Dissertation Seminar but it is only contingent on successful completion of these units for ratification of the final honours result.
CMPN4611 Composition Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CMPN4610. In this unit CMPN4666 Advanced Analysis, and a further 6cps in an approved unit of study (free choice) is embedded into this unit.
CMPN4612 Composition Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: This unit also includes 1hr weekly supervision of composition, 6 x 1hr sessions with an approved thesis supervisor. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CMPN4610.
CMPN4613 Composition Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: This unit also includes 6 cps in an approved unit of study (free choice). There are 6 x 1hr sessions with approved thesis supervisor. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CMPN4610.

Bachelor of Music (Music Education) Honours

MUED3629 Honours: Research in Music Education 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar per week Assessment: Annotated Bibliography (30%); literature review (50%); preliminary research proposal (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is commenced in the third year of the degree and enrolment is subject to approval of the Unit Coordinator.
The aims of this unit of study are to develop an understanding of music education research processes, and to identify research methods suitable for individual students' research topics. It examines a range of music education research paradigms which can broadly be categorised as qualitative and quantitative and introduces students to related research procedures. Readings and seminar activities are designed to facilitate students' critical analysis of research in terms of the relevant research methodologies. Students will also develop strategies for locating and reviewing literature pertaining to their fields of research interest. As an outcome of this unit, students will submit a preliminary literature review and preliminary research proposal.
MUED3630 Honours: Research in Music Education 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour seminar per week or 1 hour individual consultation per week during part of the course. Prerequisites: MUED3629 Assessment: Initial thesis chapters (50%); ethics documentation (30%); seminar report on research topic (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study consolidates and extends skills acquired in Honours: Research in Music Education 1. It broadens students' knowledge of a variety of research methods, concepts and research designs which are useful in answering empirical research questions. Evolving skills will be extended through practical tasks in which students examine and apply a range of data analysis procedures. Through ongoing reading and critical evaluation of related research literature, students will prepare a research proposal for implementation in the final year of the Honours program. This will be documented in the form of the first three chapters of a thesis. Ethical issues in music education research are an adjunct area of study and students will submit all documentation required for ethics approval of their proposed research.
MUED4612 Music Education Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr individual supervision /week plus attendance at weekly seminars. Prerequisites: MUED3630 Assessment: Oral presentation of research findings and thesis (65%), Music education seminar assessments (35%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Honours in Music Education is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education and a preparation for postgraduate study in music education. The final year Honours units of study enable students to undertake autonomous research into their chosen topics within the field of music education and to document the results of this research in the form of a thesis. Intending Honours students should speak to the Music Education Honours Coordinator before enrolling. Honours requirements are: Successful completion of MUED3629 and MUED3630, and a oral presentation. A further 24 credit points in designated Honours Music Education seminars as follows: MUED4603 Cultural Diversity on Music Education, MUED4602 Senior Secondary Music Education and MUED4632 Professional Issues in Music Ed.
MUED4613 Music Education Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to MUED4612
MUED4614 Music Education Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to MUED4612

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

CMPN4666 Advanced Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Gerard Brophy Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hr seminar/lecture per week Assessment: Class presentation (1000 words) (15%), Composition analysis (20%), Weekly readings reports (15%), Research Project (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to equip students with a working knowledge of current music theory and analysis practice, impart analytical skills that can be applied across a broad spectrum of activities and different musical genres and types, and develop an understanding of related concepts such as what analysis actually is, different types of analysis (functional, descriptive, surface, aural/perceptual vs. score based) and an understanding of working at different levels of abstraction.
MCGY5601 Music Through Ethnography

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 2hrs per week Assessment: Written reports (30%); music transcriptions (10%); Analyses (15%); ethnographic interview (15%); Short field recording (10%); summary reflection/projection (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As an analytical method, ethnography concentrates on the experience of life as it is lived. Following the development of the fieldwork-based discipline of ethnomusicology, ethnographic approaches to music have come to examine: historical and archival data, objects and artefacts in collections, cyber networks, digital communications, and medical and therapeutic understandings of sound, among other aspects of everyday life. This unit of study engages ethnographic methodologies to examine the myriad ways music informs and enriches people's lives and contributes to defining how humans flourish in their natural, social and cultural environments.
MUSC4214 Musicology Workshop Advanced

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours/week including attendance at SCM Musicology Colloquium Series (1 hour/fortnight) Assessment: 1 x reflective journal (20%); 1 x 15-20min presentation (20%); 1 x 3000wd essay (50%); overall participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop Advanced provides a forum for discussion of musicological work and provides experience in the presentation of ideas and research. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through attendance at the Conservatorium's fortnightly Musicology Colloquium Series lectures, presented by SCM staff and visiting national and international scholars speaking on a wide range of topics, as well as through class activities exploring areas such as research and writing skills, music criticism, visits to local libraries or archives, and conference attendance and reporting. Honours students also have the opportunity to build skills in leadership and influence by mentoring undergraduates taking Musicology Workshop 1 and 2.
Textbooks
Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Edited by Wayne C. Booth et. al. 9th edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
MUSC4211 Arts Music Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week; 7 x half hour supervision meetings/semester, on average Prerequisites: 48 credit points in 2000 or 3000 level MUSC units which must include MUSC3609 and MUSC3629 and MUSC3699 Assessment: 1 x thesis to the equivalent of 20000wds (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Music. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarise yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies and submit drafts at agreed times.
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MUSC4212 Arts Music Honours Thesis 2a

Credit points: 18 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week; 7 x half hour supervision meetings/semester, on average Prerequisites: MUSC4211 Assessment: 1 x 18-20000wd thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial independent research project in Music. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.
MUSC4213 Arts Music Honours Thesis 2b

Credit points: 18 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week; 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average Prerequisites: MUSC4211 Assessment: 1 x 12-14000wd thesis (70%), 1 x creative piece to the equivalent of 6000wds (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial independent research project in Music, with an embedded creative component. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours)

PERF4601 Honours Project 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Research Methods Intensive Welcome Week, 2 hr Dissertation Seminar/week, individual lessons and/or supervision as appropriate to the student's area of study. See Musicology, Performance or Composition (Honours) for full details. Assessment: Equivalent to either Musicology, Composition or Performance Honours as stated in MCGY4611, CMPN4610 and PERF4610. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Three year Bachelor of Music Studies degree (or equivalent) in which candidates have obtained at least 75 in 2nd and 3rd year units of study for Performance or Musicology, or, a distinction average in 3rd year units of study for Composition; a distinction in all written subjects; and have the permission from the Honours Coordinator.
The Honours strand for the BMus Studies, BMus Studies/BA and BMus Studies/MBBS degrees allows students to extend their musical knowledge and skill base within a stand-alone 4th year honours program. Honours is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education in music, and a preparation for postgraduate study in music. Intending Honours students should speak to the specific unit coordinator before enrolling. Honours requirements are specified according to the area of study. Please refer to either CMPN4610 Composition Honours A, MCGY4611 Musicology Honours A or PERF4610 Performance Honours A for a full description.
PERF4602 Honours Project 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4601
PERF4603 Honours Project 3

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4601
PERF4604 Honours Project 4

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr. Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to PERF4601