This unit covers the origins and principles of popular music. You will explore the history of popular music from its origins in the 1850s until psychedelic rock in the 1960s, considering the main themes within popular music, and getting to know the significant movements, artists and songs of the era. You will also study fundamental popular music theory including pitch and rhythmic notation, pulse, meter and the musical forms used in popular music. You will also learn to identify harmonic, melodic and rhythmic concepts and transcribe them where appropriate. You will consider the schools of harmonic composition in popular music and how harmony interacts with melody. You will also consider the use of music notation software.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA Band 2|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
|Pre-requisites or Co-requisites||
There are no pre-requisites for the 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).
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|Residential School||No Residential School|
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).
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.
|1. In-class Test(s)||25%|
|2. Written Assessment||25%|
|3. Practical Assessment||50%|
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%).
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|Graduate Attributes||Learning Outcomes|
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|2 - Problem Solving||•||•|
|3 - Critical Thinking||•||•||•||•|
|4 - Information Literacy||•||•||•|
|6 - Information Technology Competence||•|
|7 - Cross Cultural Competence||•|
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