Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus due to COVID border closures. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA and include which of the below criteria applies:

  • You are a student who is currently offshore and unable to enter Australia.
  • You are a student in Australia who is impacted by state or regional border closures.

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MUSC3603 Music Wild Card

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit is designed to leverage the specialist skills and knowledge from existing and visiting academic staff, and the content and delivery style will therefore change every semester. The unit will usually have a different topic focus delivered - e.g. based upon a composer, or a style of music, or historical events, or new research within a specific field. The topic focus will be advertised before each semester to enable students to decide whether the topic focus aligns with their interests and/or specialisation.

The unit will typically engage with theoretical, historical, and practical elements related to the topic. Three hypothetical examples may indicate the flexibility of this unit:

1. a topic focussed upon a Parisian nineteenth-century female composer-pianist may investigate social norms within Parisian society, the role of salons, their influence upon the development of keyboard instruments, aspects of musical scholarship and criticism, musical elements relating to rubato, dynamics, pedaling, typesetting and engraving.
2. a topic focussed upon research in music technologies and focus upon a case study of the technology, the product development cycle, the role of business and marketing, the process of testing with musicians.
3. a topic focussed upon scholarship in a specific performance practice may incorporate theoretical knowledge, critical exploration of key texts, development of performance materials (e.g. printed scores), and a performance project.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) critically review key concepts related to the study of music, society and ideas; (2) apply conceptual knowledge to the interpretation of musical meaning and contexts; (3) demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading and communication; and (4) demonstrate creativity and research skills.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio and (2) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any MUSC Level 2 unit
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
seminars and tutorials: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.