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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

Last updated: 9 August 2019