Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Tristan Coleman


Previously coded MUS3310


The unit will cover topics related to compositional technique that relates to contemporary practice since 1950. Techniques covered include: the use of chance or indeterminacy, post-tonal theory (12 tone, serialism, pitch sets and centricity) and an introduction to computer music.


Students who have worked successfully in their studies will be able to; organise musical elements using chance operations, understand basic 12 tone composition techniques, perform analysis using pitch sets and have an understanding of aesthetic and compositional issues relating to computer music.


Written work: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tristan Coleman

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ATS1899 and ATS1900 or by permission