Courses & Units

Music Research Methodology FCA445



Subject to enrolment quota

Required unit for performance/composition stream majors intending to take the Major Research Project to complete the Master of Music Studies (F7K) and Master of Music (F7E)

FCA445 is a required unit for F4D Bachelor of Music with Honours, and for students in the final year of F4O Bachelor of Music (with Honours).


This unit is designed to familiarise honours and postgraduate students with academic writing, research resources, diverse methodological approaches, research governance and various means of interpreting and framing research outcomes. Students will develop the skills with which to frame and communicate research through a variety of modes.


Unit name Music Research Methodology
Unit code FCA445
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music

Dr Damien Kingston

Teaching staff

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate appropriate sources and methodologies for your research project in written format.
  2. Examine and interpret research governance and ethics concerns in the context of honours and post-graduate research.
  3. Generate original research content to be communicated in written and presentation formats.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100101 $993.0 $850.0 not applicable $2,445.0

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (90 minutes)
Weekly seminar (120 minutes)
Fortnightly seminar (30 minutes)


Task 1: Literature Review, 1200-1800 words (40%)

Task 2: Methodology Assignment, 750–1000 words (40%)

Task 3: Ethics Approval Assignment (10%)

Task 4: Research Topic, Rationale and Annotated Bibliography (10%)

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Flexible Study Options




Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations 8th ed. ISBN 9780226816388.


Booth, Wayne, Gregory Colomb and Joseph Williams. The Craft of Research, 3rd ed; Knowles, J. Gary and Ardra l. Cole. Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research; O'Leary, Zina. The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project;

Booktopia textbook links

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