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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5634M Electronic and Computer Music Case Studies

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr James Mooney

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide students with the opportunity to engage with Electronic and Computer Music topics that cover a range musicological and practical research. The module explores the significance of both practical and musicological aspects of each case study and examines how the two relate. Students will engage with both practical exercises in workshop sessions, as well as with musicological research and scholarly practice.Over the course of the module, students conduct their own research on topics agreed by staff, developing a bibliography of sources and critically evaluating them. The module is designed to highlight how musicological scholarship can inform practice in the domain of electronic and computer music, and vice versa.


The module hybridises musicology and practice in Electronic and Computer music by providing students with an opportunity to explore both musicological research and practical elements of a range of topics. Students may explore musicological and practical aspects of areas such as multichannel sound diffusion, live electronics, analog signal processing, or other topics as directed by module staff. The areas of electronic and computer music practice to be explored in the module will be linked to current areas of research or scholarship.

Learning outcomes
On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding and practical competence in a range of scholarly and professional practices, relevant to electronic and computer music.
2. Critically assess the practical and musicological relationships of an area of scholarship within electronic and computer music.
3. Identify and cite relevant and appropriate primary and secondary sources of scholarship relevant to electronic and computer music on paper and in electronic form effectively and accurately.
4. Apply knowledge of published musicological scholarship to the development of practice, and vice versa.


Students attend a series of workshop sessions. Each session covers a particular Electronic or Computer Music topic where both musicological literature and practical research relate to each other in a significant way (as opposed to the many practical aspects of electronic and computer music that are not represented in musicological literature, or—conversely—the many scholarly topics of relevance that have no feasible practical counterpart).By simultaneously engaging with both the practical and musicological elements of these case studies, students develop a clearer understanding of the relationship of the two, and the scholarly value of practice-led research. Lectures support the development of bibliographic and referencing skills as required for the bibliographic assignment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours281.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study time will include:
- independent contextual research and literature review reading connected with a chosen area of study for bibliography project;
- study of referencing systems and research skills;
- developing practical skills from approaches and practices covered in workshop sessions;
- summarising and reflecting upon research for logs.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Workshop sessions allow monitoring of student progress and formative feedback from tutors as well as opportunities for group discussion and peer-led feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature ReviewBibliography project of 2500-3500 words50.00
PracticalPerformance, demonstration, or presentation with reflective report (indicatively 10–20 minutes plus 1800–2200-word report)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit of the practical assessment would take the form of a presentation plus reflective report on a subject informed by either the workshops or the bibliography project.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:01


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