ATS3144 - Music research in the digital age - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jonathan McIntosh


Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with the Internet, both as a source of information and as a medium for the dissemination of music research. Through a series of lectures, students learn about basic research methodologies (for example, observation/participation-observation, interviewing, the use photography, archival materials, video and sound recordings), as well as some of the ways in which music scholars use contemporary technology in research projects and in the dissemination of research findings. By applying the skills learned in class, students then undertake a research project to document a particular music setting or performance group. Following, students use original research data to construct a website that incorporates texts, still and moving images, and sound recordings.


Upon completion of the unit, students are able to:

  1. Critically evaluate examples of digital music research;
  2. Comprehend and articulate methodological issues pertinent to music research and the digital dissemination of research findings;
  3. Plan and execute a music research project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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