THTR12122 - Principal Performance Studios 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Building on Principal Performance Studios 3, you will extend your learning through relevant activities in the Music Theatre, Drama and Technical Theatre specialisations. You will develop concurrent concepts of 'freedom' working organically through personal connection, impulse and imagination with analytic skills to shape your theatre craft across material from a range of styles and demands. If you are in the Music Theatre specialisation, you will concentrate on the creative study of prescribed composers and specific styles of song, pursuing greater skills as an actor, as well as developing more complex skills in dance routines building on increasing security in technique. If you are in the Drama specialisation, you will concentrate on style in vocal delivery and physical expression associated with the performance of a variety of texts. If you are in Technical Theatre specialisation, you will explore the aesthetics and functions of sound design, creation, playback and reinforcement as applied to various specialised production projects.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 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. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 10%

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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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 feedback
The best part about this degree is when you are given the opportunity to perform onstage. As the practicality of this course is why we are here.
Make explicit the links between classes in dance, singing and acting for development of students' performance skills and onstage performance in the Term's production.
Action Taken
Continued communication with students regarding the individual elements of this unit and their overall progress putting all of these elements together in assessment.
Source: In Class
More performance opportunities
A regular workshop is arranged to allow all students the opportunity to perform for their peers and receive constructive feedback from their unit lecturers
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Connect character and style in acting performance tasks with an emphasis on vocal and physical clarity and refinement
  2. Demonstrate a development of tonal complexion and vocal stamina in the presentation of songs and technical work as set for this unit
  3. Demonstrate solo and ensemble dance routines at a high level of efficiency and artistic demeanour in a range of dance styles
  4. Connect character and style in drama performance tasks with an emphasis on vocal and physical clarity and refinement
  5. Demonstrate skills in textual interpretation and vocal-physical-emotional connection.
  6. Apply your knowledge of sound reinforcement for theatre production to various production projects
  7. Employ more complex technical theatre skills within production projects set for this unit
  8. Critically reflect on your performance practice and artistic development

Learning Outcomes 1 - 3 relate to Music Theatre students. Learning Outcomes 4 and 5 relate to Drama specialisation. Learning Outcomes 6 and 7 relate to Technical Theatre. Learning Outcome 8 relates to all three specialisations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - 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 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment