Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
Approval of the Unit Coordinator
and MUSC3341 Music, Society, and Ideas
or one level 3 Unit(s)
Music History,
or Research,
or Musicology,
or Electronic Music
BH009 Bachelor of Music (Honours) BH001 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Contact hours
seminars and workshop: 2 hours per fortnight
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.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.