Essay Writing for Music Subjects

Subject 740-285 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 one-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: 740-130 Medieval and Early Modern Music or 740-289 Music Since the French Revolution.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Subject Overview:

In this subject students will improve their skills in reading, comprehending and summarizing scholarly works; learn how to take useful notes and paraphrase without plagiarizing, how to build on information gathered in the construction of a coherent and well-written essay, and how to incorporate quotations into an essay; and how to employ the citation system used in musicology. These skills will be acquired with reference to concurrent assessment tasks in the core music-history curriculum.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • plan and construct a coherent essay
  • find, evaluate and summarise information relevant to an essay topic
  • communicate in written form the results of the information retrieval in conjunction with their own critical and analytical skills
  • write with academic honesty.

Four class assignments of 500 words due during the semester (25% each)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • apply new data to unfamiliar problems
  • demonstrate through their essay writing a capacity for independent critical thought and self-directed learning
  • develop self-confidence and the ability t express complex concepts in a lucid way
  • understand the principle of academic honesty supported by a clear comprehension and accurate implementation of musicological citation systems.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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