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The Research Process For Musicians (RHD) (MUSI90191)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90191
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides research higher degree students in performance and composition with the tools and skills necessary to devise and conduct research in music at postgraduate level. Through seminars, group discussions and peer review sessions students will engage with the key principles of research and academic writing, and integrate them into their artistic practice.

Students will be supported in defining and focusing their research questions, developing a critical summary of the literature, constructing an adequate conceptual framework, designing a methodology, adhering to and meeting deadlines, and presenting their work persuasively, both in oral and written form. The main outcome will be a full research project that could potentially serve as the basis for either confirmation of candidature or conversion from Masters to PhD document.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Devise and develop a successful research proposal within their field;
  • Frame their creative work or performance into research questions and conceptual frameworks;
  • Engage critically with the relevant scholarly literature;
  • Position their creative work or performance practice within the current state of research;
  • Communicate effectively about their compositional or performing practices within the conventions of academic language;
  • Reflect critically on their own work;
  • Work constructively yet rigorously with peers

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Ability to seek out, organise and evaluate relevant information;
  • Time management skills;
  • Advanced communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Collaborative skills;
  • Capacity for independent, self-reflective and critical enquiry

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Three written assignments (topic proposal and annotated bibliography, preliminary literature review, and theory and methods exercise) evenly spaced throughout semester (3,000 words, 30%)
  • A research proposal consisting of topic proposal, literature review, theory and methods, relevance, timeline and bibliography (5,000 words, including fully developed elements taken from the three written assignments, 40%)
  • A project-related class presentation (20%)
  • Engagement (10%) consisting in participation in peer assessment activities and contribution to class discussion.
  • Attendance (Hurdle). A minimum of 80% attendance is required to qualify for a pass mark.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMelanie Plesch
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 2 hour seminar per week
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

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  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMelanie Plesch
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 2 hour seminar per week
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

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Time commitment details

120 hours

Further information

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Last updated: 9 August 2019