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DRUM4607: Drum Set 7 (extended)

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Sydney

The subject will offer students an introduction to advanced conceptions of drum set technique, rhythmic and developmental process, and a range of problem-solving skills, thus equipping students with a broad skill set to face challenges associated within an ever changing and evolving music industry landscape. In addition, students will be provided with a broad historical perspective, as well as a large pool of advanced creative co-ordination processes associated with a range of stylistic areas to equip individuals with a thorough grounding in time-keeping, motion-based problem solving, stylistic knowledge and ability, and procedural problem-solving and critical thinking.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 12
DRUM3606 or DRUM3206
Assumed knowledge

Students enrolling must have fundamentals of drum set performance and some performance experience in place

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Simon Barker,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation Recital Prep
Assessment of recital preparation
20% Ongoing In Semester recital preparation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Technical assessment
This assessment will focus on technical areas covered during the semester
40% Week 13 20mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Skills-based evaluation Process assessment
Assessment of coordination processes
20% Week 13 10mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Creative assessment / demonstration In Semester engagement with technical materials
Assessment of student's engagement with materials during semester
20% Weekly weekly assessment of engagement
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

High distinction


Comprehensive and outstanding technical control in relation to developmental expectations. Outstanding ability to manipulate rhythmic procedures. A mark of 95 or above indicates extraordinary technical virtuosity.



Excellent technical control and ability to manipulate developmental procedures.



Confident technique and evidence of solid understanding of developmental procedures. Projects potential for further development



Satisfactory level of technical development and control. Limited understanding and ability to manipulate developmental procedures



Unsatisfactory technical achievement and engagement with materials and developmental processes.

Assessment criteria

 1 x Technical Assesment (40%), 1 x continuous assessment/engagement with materials (20%), 1 x Process assesssment (20%), final recital preparation (20%)

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Generate processes and perform a range of 4-way coordination processes that apply to the semester materials
  • LO2. Perform and manipulate new technical areas that scaffold upon techniques introduced in earlier units
  • LO3. Perform, generate and manipulate developmental processes that allow for greater consistency, dynamic control, sound production, stylistic awareness, and creative exploration
  • LO4. Communicate effectively in ways that allow for collaborative action.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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