MUSC5009 Research Literacy

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
This unit focuses on the major research paradigms used by professional music educators including qualitative, quantitative, correlation/regression analysis, quasi-experimental, experimental, action, historical, and meta-analysis. Emphasis is placed on gaining the ability to research and comprehend the knowledge and skills to be directly applied to musical classroom and rehearsal environments. This includes reading, analysing, engaging in and writing research.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness and ability to apply the major research paradigms used by music educators globally; (2) demonstrate the ability to use research methodology to better inform teaching; and (3) demonstrate the skills and abilities to read, analyse, engage in, write about, present, and apply research in the music classroom.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online individual presentation; (2) online cohort presentation; and (3) written submission. 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]
  • 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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.