MUSC4103 Introduction to Music Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Summer teaching periodOnlineOnline
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Music [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit provides training in the skills that are needed for music research, and for the successful completion of the research projects/dissertations which are undertaken in semester two. Training is offered in three areas: library information location and retrieval; music research methodologies; and academic writing. Students receive practical instruction in the use of different electronic databases and the evaluation of sources. They also learn the skills needed for writing in various research contexts.
Students are able to (1) use library databases and online sources to locate existing research; (2) describe, evaluate and engage critically with music research methodologies; (3) demonstrate proficiency in academic writing; (4) demonstrate ability to undertake an extended piece of original academic research; and (5) present academic research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research processes; (2) presentation; and (3) a research portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
Honours students: MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
equivalent Level 3 unit in Music History
Research AND by approval of the Unit Coordinator.

HDR Preliminary students: Enrolment in the HDR FABLE program and approval by the Unit Coordinator.
Contact hours
seminars and workshop: 2 hours per fortnight
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Online delivery of this unit is only offered in exceptional circumstances and requires pre-approval by the Unit Coordinator, and as applicable, the Graduate Research School.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.