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MUSC12376 History of Film Music 2
History of Film Music 2
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will study the structure of film music from 1960 to the present day. You will analyse various primary source materials as you study the various stylistic changes that occurred with the film music and contextualise these developments within the important technological, social and political movements of this period.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

Students commented positively regarding the depth and variety of historic periods covered in this uint.

Recommendation

Continue with a similar emphasis on these topics in future offerings.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  2. Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  3. Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from 1960 to the present day

Not applicable

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Reel music: Exploring 100 years of film music 2nd Edition (2017)

Authors: Roger Hickman
W. W. Norton
New York New York , New York , USA
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jason Smyth-Tomkins Unit Coordinator
j.smyth-tomkins@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 1: The Revitalisation of International Filmmaking & The Tumultuous '60s

Chapter

Hickman: Chapters 16, 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 1: The Revitalisation of International Filmmaking & The Tumultuous '60s

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 16 & 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 2: The Rockin' '60s

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 18

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment: Epic Films Due: Week 3 Friday (30 July 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Emerging from the Crisis Years

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 4: The New Wave and World Cinema

Chapter

Hickman: Chapters 20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 5: Return of the Classical Score

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 5: Return of the Classical Score

Chapter

Hickman: Chapters 21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 6: Alternatives to the Symphonic Score

Chapter

Hickman: Chapters 22

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment: Film scores of the 1980s Due: Week 8 Friday (10 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 7: Box Office vs. Critics

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 23

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 7: Animations, Comedies, Romances and Fantasies

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 27

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 8: World Cinema after the Cold War

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 28

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 9: Blockbuster fantasies and adventures

Chapter

Hickman: Chapter 29

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment: Australian Film Composers Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment: Epic Films

Task Description

Write an essay of 1500 - 2000 words* on the following topic:

Compare the epic film music in the early 1960s with the types of film scores that appeared in the early 1970s.

  • By considering at least 4 epic films from the early 1960s and 4 films of the early 1970s, compare the different forms of film music scores that developed in each of these periods.
  • Discuss the social and political backgrounds that may have contributed to these styles of music scores and films.
  • Each film discussed must include at least one film clip with a music cue sheet analysis linking the music score with the action on the screen. These primary sources must be used to support your argument.

*The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text referencing and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (30 July 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  • Appropriate selection of films scores for inclusion in the discussion (15%)
  • Ability to present a clear and cohesive argument through the essay (25%)
  • Depth of discussion and evidence of wide reading and research (20%)
  • Accuracy and level of detail of music cue sheets for each film (20%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; lay-out of music cue sheets (10%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from 1960 to the present day


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment: Film scores of the 1980s

Task Description

Write an essay of 1500 - 2000 words* on the following topic:

By considering the film scores of films produced in the 1980s, examine ways that composers created innovative film scores. For each of the following music styles find 2 examples of film scores that make use of the following musical elements:

  1. Non-Western music elements - instruments, textures, melody and harmony;
  2. Sythesized music elements - pure electronic music as well as music created by electronically altering conventional instruments;
  3. Popular music elements - including new scores as well as scores using borrowed popular music;
  4. Traditional symphonic scores - including new scores as well as scores that incorporated borrowed classical music.

For each of the 8 film scores discussed, provide the URL of an excerpt of the film and a music cue sheet for each film segment. Discuss the way the music score enhances the film with the use of these musical elements, whether the music is diegetic or non-diegetic, and any other specific purpose that this music might play in the story-telling of the film.

*The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text referencing and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  • Appropriate selection of film scores for inclusion in the discussion (15%)
  • Ability to present a clear and cohesive argument through the essay (25%)
  • Depth of discussion and evidence of wide reading and research (20%)
  • Accuracy and level of detail of music cue sheets for each film (20%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; lay-out of music cue sheets (10%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from 1960 to the present day


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment: Australian Film Composers

Task Description

Write an essay of 2000 words* on the following topic:

Discuss the contribution of 4 Australian-born composers to film scores for Australian produced and directed films since 1970. These films can include feature films, documentaries, animated films and films designed for television (including mini-series).

By referring to specific films, discuss their choice of musical elements and other social, political or cultural influences in the creation of their music scores for these films.

These musical elements may include:

  1. Non-Western and/or indigenous music elements - instruments, textures, melody and harmony;
  2. Sythesized music elements - pure electronic music as well as music created by electronically altering conventional instruments;
  3. Popular music elements - including new scores as well as scores using borrowed popular music;
  4. Traditional symphonic scores - including new scores as well as scores that incorporated borrowed classical music.

*The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text referencing and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

End of term


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

  • Appropriate selection of film scores for inclusion in the discussion (15%)
  • Ability to present a clear and cohesive argument through the essay (25%)
  • Depth of discussion and evidence of wide reading and research (20%)
  • Accuracy and level of detail of music cue sheets for each film (20%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; lay-out of music cue sheets (10%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from 1960 to the present day
  • Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from 1960 to the present day


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

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