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Sound (BA)

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Title Sound (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Dr Simon Order | Email: s.order@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7838

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sound
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Sound incorporates the way sound is used both in media and in everyday life. In music recording, film sound, game sound, and industrial sound design professionals create the recognisable sounds of the modern world and create new sounds.

This major focuses on the practice of contemporary sound design and production, combining a mix of theory and production in areas such as popular music, sound for film and games, studio recording, music technology, live sound and sound design.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements This course is only available to internal students at Murdoch campus since it is a production-based course which utilises the facilities at this campus.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Understand ways of analytical and critical thinking by:
* demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of sound production practice
* recognising that sound is a broad discipline that impacts on, and is influenced by, other disciplines
* recognising that sound plays an essential role in culture and media as sound is both a signifying system
* recognising the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge, and the range of theories developed in the area

SKILLS
Investigate and solve practical problems in sound, both individually and in teams, by:
* determining an appropriate course of action to work to a particular brief
* applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools, and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary
* collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into defensible arguments
* synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods

APPLICATION
Communicate Sound knowledge by:
* presenting information, articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes
* creating sound productions, in a variety of modes, for diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes
* Take personal, professional and social responsibility by:
* recognising the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which Sound is practised
* demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning
* demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely
* understanding and being able to articulate aspects of sound in the local and global industries
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Music recording, editing, mixing and remixing; film and television sound recording, sound editing, sound mixing and sound design; sound design for interactive media, games and theatre; industrial sound design, radio production.
Professional Recognition Murdoch University is a member of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association.
Recommended Double Majors Radio; Screen Production
Excluded Minors Sound Production; Sound Studies
Main research areas Sound for film and television, sound design, music technology, recording studios, sound in interactive media.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

RAD105 Introduction to Radio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SOU169 Introduction to Sound Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SOU101 Introduction to Audio Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SOU268 Music Technology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SOU214 Sound Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

RAD374 Popular Music - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SOU376 Sound Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SOU377 Soundtrack - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SOU378 Sound Projects - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Students with a good academic record with a course GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply to the Academic Chair to take:

SOU325 Sound Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, U-placement, W-placement

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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