JAZZ10016 - History of Jazz 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the history and cultural development of modern jazz music, including hardbop, west coast, free jazz, fusion, latin jazz and modern mainstream. It focuses on prominent musicians, composers and repertoire as well as the major sociological and political events that influenced musical trends in jazz from the mid 1950’s to the present day.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

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.

Source: Moodle / unit evaluation / personal communication
Relevance of content, assessment and feedback
Students have indicated a high level of satisfaction in the content, delivery and resources, as well as an appreciation for engaging and relevant assessment items. They also expressed satisfaction in the way in which all feedback supported their learning. Staff will continue to maintain engaging resources to support the delivery of content and ensure feedback is timely and supportive.
Action Taken
This unit was delivered with particular attention given to the nexus between the historic/theoretical aspect of jazz history and its practical, performance application - resulting in elevated levels of student engagement with the unit content.
Source: Unit evaluations
Students reflected positively on the relevance of the unit content and the connection to the practical application of acquired knowledge.
Continue to develop engaging unit materials and lectures to reinforce the essential historical knowledge required that underpins the authentic performance of jazz repertoire.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the musical repertoire studied and of its stylistic features, social and historical background, and chronological placement in the development of Jazz. This knowledge will be based strongly on aural as well as written sources.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of musical and historical concepts through coherent presentation of information in research assignments, analysis and examinations.
  3. Demonstrate ability to comprehensively analyse a musical work through identification of form, style and primary compositional elements.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate use of primary and secondary sources, including pertinent exemplification/illustration, selection of relevant data, complete and accurate documentation of sources used, correct use of language in written presentations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment