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MUSC13407 - Composition and Arranging 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Building on the learning objectives of Composition and Arranging 1, this course focuses on skills and methods associated with composing and arranging for medium to large music ensembles. The Composition side of this course will explore musical forms, melodic construction and harmonic devices. Arrangement studies investigate conventions of notation and require students to develop working arrangements for a variety of musical ensembles relating to their area of speciality. While students are expected to explore their own creativity and originality, due attention to rigor in the technical, musical and aesthetic aspects of the assigned tasks is required.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MUSC13406

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Mackay
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Mackay
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mackay
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).

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 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.11% 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: Student evaluation data.
Feedback
Request for more modern examples and more emphasis on creative application.
Recommendation
Include more modern examples into the learning resources on Moodle. Include more emphasis on the creative application of arranging concepts with a possible redesign of assessment items.
Action Taken
Learning resources on Moodle were developed to include more modern examples. Weekly Q and A sessions placed a greater emphasis on the creative application of arranging.
Source: Student evaluation data
Feedback
Include the option for own choice of material for final arranging assessment
Recommendation
Include the option for own choice of material for final arranging assessment
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a cumulative ability with respect to speciality music composition and arranging skills for medium to large ensemble.
  2. Competent handling of the materials of composition and arranging, including harmony, melody, form and style.
  3. Competent handling of the aesthetics of composition and arranging including coherence, development, tension and resolution, structure and form and content and concept.
  4. Competent notational skills in the various genres, styles and instrumental and ensemble configurations covered by the course.
  5. Creativity and originality in composition and arranging tasks.
  6. Knowledge of relevant aspects of stylistic idioms and genre specific devices.
  7. The ability to contextualize their work with reference to music history and style.

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