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MUSC2645: Psychology of Music

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

Psychology of Music examines music cognition and behaviour to explore the way music is created, produced and perceived. This unit will introduce recent interdisciplinary research as a way to explore music as a social activity. It will consider the methods used by sociologists and psychologists to investigate music and encourage students to think conceptually about their own musical activities.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Helen Mitchell, helen.mitchell@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Helen Mitchell, helen.mitchell@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Olivia Urbaniak, olivia.urbaniak@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Essay
Essay on PoM topic area of your choice.
40% STUVAC
Due date: 02 Jun 2022 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Portfolio 1
3 x reading summaries and future directions. c 300 words per entry.
10% Week 04
Due date: 17 Mar 2022 at 23:59
900-1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Poster presentation
Poster and oral presentation in class. Submit poster text in canvas.
30% Week 09
Due date: 28 Apr 2022 at 23:59
750-1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Portfolio 2
7 x reading summaries and future directions. c 300 words per entry.
20% Week 12
Due date: 19 May 2022 at 23:59
2100 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Assessment summary

  • Portfolio 1 and 2: Identify the key idea/s of one reading for each week. Review the reading and summarise its content. Consider future directions for your chosen study and what should follow on from the reading.
  • Poster presentation: Identify a key question for study, and design a study to investigate it. Present this in poster form, and be prepared to answer questions from peers/staff at the poster presentation session. Your poster should have the following sections: Introduction, Aims, Method, Prospective Findings, Significance, References.
  • Essay: Pick an area of PoM studies, identify sources which investigate it, report key findings and explain the importance of these investigations to the field of music and musicians. Essay questions/titles will be work-shopped in tutorials and discussed with UoS coordinator. Consider a two-section title to help guide your work from topic area to essay content.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The following assessment criteria are used for written work in this unit of study:

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Demonstrates high level of initiative in research and reading; sophisticated critical analysis of evidence; high level engagement with theoretical issues, innovative use of reading/research material and impressive command of underlying debates and assumptions; properly documented and written with style, originality and precision.

Distinction

75 - 84

Demonstrates initiative in research and wide, appropriate reading; complex understanding of question and ability to critically review material in relation to underlying assumptions and values; analyses material in relation to empirical and theoretical contexts; properly documented; clear, well-developed structure and argument with some signs of literary style.

Credit

65 - 74

Evidence of broader understanding than pass level; offers synthesis with some critical evaluation of material; coherent argument using a range of relevant evidence; some evidence of independent thought, good referencing. A high credit (70-74) shows some evidence of ability to problematise and think conceptually.

Pass

50 - 64

Written work meets basic requirements in terms of reading/research; relevant material; tendency to descriptive summary rather than critical argument; makes a reasonable attempt to avoid paraphrasing; reasonably coherent structure; often has weaknesses in particular areas, especially in terms of narrow or underdeveloped treatment of question; acceptable documentation.

Fail

0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: Unacceptable paraphrasing; irrelevance of content; poor spelling; poor presentation; grammar or structure so sloppy it cannot be understood; failure to demonstrate understanding of content; insufficient or overlong word length.

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
Week 01 Introduction to psychology of music Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Music in everyday life Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Music in the community Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Musical development and ability Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Musical identities Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Music performance Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Music expressivity and communication Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Multisensory music Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Music and judgment Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Music and the mind Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Music health and well-being Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Music through life Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned. The Dean,
    Head of School or professor most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional
    assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

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. demonstrate broad understanding of studies in psychology of music
  • LO2. understand empirical research projects
  • LO3. identify appropriate topics and methods for future study directions
  • LO4. present research study designs
  • LO5. facilitate the exchange of ideas between musicians and researchers
  • LO6. apply new knowledge to your own music practice.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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