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MCGY5111: Creative Work Seminar 1

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This Unit of Study offers students a scaffolded experience that will help them to develop research skills and ability to embed, articulate and demonstrate research through and in the form of a research performance or composition. This would normally be composition or performance-based research output related to the student's overarching research topic. Following the project's development through the semester, the student will present the work undertaken in an appropriate format at the end of semester for formative feedback. Students will attend the weekly multidisciplinary Creative Work Seminar which will provide regular opportunities to present creative work research and to explore and hone presentation skills.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MCGY5111
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to have developed musical and technical skills to be able to present creative works pertinent to their research. Students should have received research training commensurate with an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Helen Mitchell,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Creative work presentations
Performance or composition demonstration plus oral presentation
30% Multiple weeks 15-20 minutes in class x 2
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Creative assessment / demonstration hurdle task Creative work 1
Performance or composition demonstration plus oral presentation
30% STUVAC 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Literature Review
Literature review
20% Week 07 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Poster presentation
Poster presentation
20% Week 09 700-800 words plus oral presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Literature review, poster presentation, creative work presentations in class x 2, Creative Work Presentation 1.

Assessment criteria


Shows evidence of broad research, taking into account a variety of sources

Clear argument, supported by relevant reasons and evidence

Shows evidence of critical thinking about the topic, including: 

  • Considers alternative views 

  • Where appropriate, questions assumptions implicit in the literature 

  • Draws meaningful connections between facts and / or concepts 

Uses terminology accurately and appropriately 


Is clearly expressed

Is interesting and engages other students 

Makes appropriate use of examples and presentation methods relevant to the material presented (e.g. presentation software, handouts, recordings where relevant) 

Covers the topic effectively in the available time 

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

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.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Research methods. See PERF5600. Lecture and tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Creative work seminar Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

As per the Sydney Conservatorium of Music resolutions, 12):


Full (100 per cent) and punctual attendance is a requirement in all activities where students have a role as active participants in the class or activity. Active participation includes situations where the student's contribution is to perform, rehearse or direct rehearsals in a small or large ensemble, or to give seminar and tutorial papers or presentations or undertake assessment tasks. Active participation also includes all one-to-one studio teaching and supervision. Except in cases of illness or misadventure, failure to attend activities or classes where a student is an active participant will be seen as failure to meet the requirements of the unit of study.

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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 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. conceptualise the research background, contribution and significance/impact of your performance and composition as research
  • LO2. describe research methodologies and evaluate research outcomes
  • LO3. present performance/composition research with increased level of technical skill and musicality

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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