Research Essay

Subject MUSI90185 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Individual Supervision.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fortnightly supervision meetings of 45-60 minutes as arranged in consultation with the supervisor over one semester.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


MUSI 40064 The Research Process for Musicians or equivalent.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Joel Brennan


Faculty of VCA and MCM
VCA and MCM Research Office
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Pde
Parkville Campus

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352) or 9035 3471

Subject Overview:

Candidates will plan a research topic related to their performance practice and produce a 5000 word research essay excluding bibliography, footnotes and appendices.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should have

  • Demonstrated the ability to conceive, plan and execute an independent research project related to their performance-practice;
  • Demonstrated a capacity to think originally and independently;
  • Shown a command of the standard literature related to their research; and
  • Demonstrated the ability to write in a scholarly manner.

100%: A 5,000 word research essay due 2 weeks after the end of the semester.

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 have developed

  • The ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts and to express them lucidly in writing;
  • Knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing;and
  • A capacity for self-directed learning and the ability to plan work and use time effectively in research-based activities.
Related Course(s): Master of Music (Music Performance)

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