MUSC5008 Research and Literature Review

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
This unit is designed to prepare students for continued success beyond the course program by enhancing their skills in research methodology, critical thinking and writing on topics important to music teaching. This is accomplished through the in-depth research into a selected topic. Students prepare a thesis statement, complete a literature review and an abstract regarding their work.

The research focuses on a topic of personal interest to the student and prepares the student for research and study beyond the master's degree. Collectively, the cohort members become an integral part of the research process.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a thorough knowledge of research methodology; (2) demonstrate strong critical thinking and writing skills on topics important to music teaching; (3) demonstrate the ability to prepare and present in-depth research; (4) demonstrate a thorough understanding of the elements of research including thesis statement, literature review and abstract creation; and (5) demonstrate the ability to work in groups and understand the collaborative nature of research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online individual presentation; (2) online cohort presentation; and (3) written submissions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alan Lourens
Contact hours
This is an on-line unit. Synchronous online classes: 16 hours per semester; asynchronous online tutorials: 10 hours per semester; asynchronous online cohort sessions: 10 hours per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
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