THTR13122 - Principal Performance Studios 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

As the first of the third year advanced studios, you will undertake activities that will integrate the various elements of your theatre craft. At this level, a greater degree of insight and personal reflection, as evidenced through practice, is expected. If you are in the music theatre specialisation, you will develop a systematic progression of skills and expressive practicum in the realisation of the art of music theatre, across all three disciplines of acting, singing and dance. You will continue to develop your skills in singing and character development through the intertwined possibilities and choices dictated by movement as a unified expression of characterisation. If you are in the drama specialisation, you will explore technique and style appropriate for a wide range of plays in various performance settings. You will continue to develop your skills in characterisation through a unified approach to voice, acting and movement. If you are in the technical theatre specialisation will develop your technical theatre skills in a range of complex production tasks that incorporate a wide range of skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
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.

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 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 72.73% 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 and direct communication
Difficulty with maintaining motivation due to the online platform of a practical unit.
Continued communication with students regarding their progress and timeframes for assessment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to more complex acting tasks set for this unit
  2. Demonstrate fine shades of detail in tonal complexion, agility and vocal security in a selection of songs and related vocal technical work set for this unit
  3. Perform set dance combinations of increasing complexity in contrasting styles, relevant to music theatre, as set for this unit.
  4. Apply advanced theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to more complex acting tasks set for this unit
  5. Apply advanced principles of breath usage, support and placement of the voice to various complex performance exercises set for this unit.
  6. Apply advanced levels of strength and flexibility in expressive movement to various performance exercises set for this unit
  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 apply to students in the Music Theatre specialisation. Learning Outcomes 4 - 6 apply to students in the Drama specialisation. Learning outcome 7 applies to students in the Technical Theatre specialisation. Learning outcome 8 applies to all students enrolled in this unit.

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