Research Essay

Subject MUSI90185 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Individual Supervision.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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


The Research Process for Musicians or equivalent. If you have not completed MUSI40064 Research Process for Musicians as an honours student, or an equivalent subject elsewhere, you will need to complete MUSI90191 Research Process for Musicians (RHD) prior to enroling in Research Essay. Students are expected to have an essay topic and research proposal before being permitted to enrol in this subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 9175

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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