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MUI1009 DIY Music: Recording and Production

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: DIY Music Record & Production
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100101 - Music
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Scholtes


The recording and production of music is central to the development of new contemporary works. With the music industry becoming increasingly decentralised, industry professionals are using readily available DIY recording technologies to engage in independent and collaborative creative practice. Students working in music need to develop a proficiency in applying the theory and practice of these technologies.


This course introduces the practical and theoretical procedures employed by musicians when recording a new musical work. Students are introduced to recording techniques and technologies. Students are then mentored through an application of their learning in generating new recorded material.*
*This course assumes students have the ability to operate a computer and navigate a file-system and the ability to contribute to the creation of a new musical work.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine a range of theories and practices related to the production of recorded music
  2. interpret and communicate musical ideas by recording and producing musical works
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise new recorded work
  4. work collaboratively and independently on the development and realisation of recording projects.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Microphone and hardware application and techniques 20.00
2. Software application and techniques 25.00
3. Computing and file-management 15.00
4. Midi and Virtual instrument applications 15.00
5. Creative project development and planning. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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A computer that meets the recommended requirements for running the software.
An audio interface (for microphone/instrument input.
Avid ‘Pro Tools 12’ audio production platform.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Current periodicals such as Audio Technology, Electronic Musician, Mix Magazine, Sound on Sound.
Relevant equipment and software manuals, including the ProTools Reference Guide.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
REFLECTIVE ESSAY 100 40 21 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. In addition to set assessment tasks and requirements, students should be aware that assessment is continuous as a part of their work in the practice-led work and learning environment.

  3. In view of the Objectives and the development of skills that they entail, students are strongly advised to attend all classes.