Professional Research Project

Subject 740-555 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 740-554 Approaches to Research - Music Education
Corequisites: None
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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


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Subject Overview:

This subject is undertaken over the course of 2 (usually consecutive) semesters).

This subject involves students undertaking a small-scale research project in school settings or studio teaching or in an area of relevance to their work as music educators. This subject will build on the research proposal developed in the prerequisite subject (740-554 Approaches to Research - Music Education) and involve students in undertaking a review of relevant scholarly literature and then implementing the research by collecting, analysing and interpreting of data. Typically the research project would involve students in a small action research study, case study, evaluation study or survey study. The research project will be presented for assessment as a report of approximately 12,000 words.

Students will work under the supervision of the subject co-ordinator.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have gained:
  • An enhanced understanding and critical awareness of research methods, techniques and analysis relevant to the selected area of research;
  • The ability to locate, critically review and apply research literature in the field of music education;
  • A capacity to design, develop, implement and report on a small-scale research project;
  • A capacity to collect, analyse and interpret data as part of a small-scale research project.

Assessment: A 12,000-word research report (100%), to be submitted at the start of the examination period of the second consecutive semester of research.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: A book of readings and online resources will be available to students before the first class.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students will have enhanced the following generic skills:
  • The capacity to apply new concepts to their critical interpretation of familiar and new information and experiences;
  • The ability to produce scholarly writing.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Studies by Coursework

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