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PERF4601: Honours Project 1

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit
Credit points 12
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Helen Mitchell,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Creative assessment / demonstration Creative works
See CMPN4610 or PERF4610
50% - Dependent on field of study
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Honours thesis Honours thesis
See CMPN4610 or PERF4610
30% - 8000-10000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Free Choice
Follow CMPN4610 or PERF4610 outlines
20% - See CMPN4610 or PERF4610 for details
Outcomes assessed: LO3

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

  • Award of the Honours Degree

  • The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a single result is provided as an aggregated mark based on the Honours units of study the student has completed.
  • A candidate who does not meet the requirements for the award of honours and who otherwise has completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Music (Performance) shall graduate with the pass degree.
  • A student with an honours mark of 90 or above may be awarded a university medal. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the faculty to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the faculty have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Rule.



    Mark Range

    Honours Class I

    mark = 80-100

    Honours Class II (Division 1)

    mark = 75-79

    Honours Class II (Division 2)

    mark = 70-74

    Honours Class III

    mark = 65-69

    Honours not awarded to a mark below 65



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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Thesis supervision One-to-one tuition (6 hr) LO1
Weekly Honours One-to-one tuition (1 hr) LO2
Dissertation seminar Seminar (2 hr) LO1
Free choice Seminar (2 hr) LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: 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 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

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. write a substantial research thesis demonstrating advanced critical thinking and writing skills
  • LO2. produce a portfolio of creative works OR perform two recitals of a scope, duration and quality appropriate to Honours level
  • LO3. develop advanced musical skills

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.
  • 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.


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