Course Outline

MUS102 Performance 1

Course Coordinator:Briony Luttrell ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you will explore the foundations of live performance focussing on concepts of listening, embodiment, and ensemble work. You will develop skills in communicating with an audience and build your performance confidence and presence in a university-based environment. You will be guided by lecturers and industry practitioners as you engage in developing foundational performance skills from both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific perspectives. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – In-class tutorial/workshop. 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 10 times
Seminar – Seminars in semester 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 3 times
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – In-class tutorial/workshop 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 10 times
Seminar – Seminars in semester 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 3 times

Course Topics

University-facing performance, Industry-informed practice,  Live performance, Collaboration, Listening, Embodiment. 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Apply foundation performance skills and concepts for contemporary performance contexts in a University-facing environment. Empowered
2 Apply interdisciplinary listening and embodiment skills. Knowledgeable
3 Engage critically with performance concepts and practices to build analytical, evaluative, and reflective skills. Creative and critical thinker
4 Develop and communicate a performance vision. Creative and critical thinker
5 Collaborate with others to realise a creative work in a multiple-participant stage performance. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

An opportunity exists in every workshop to produce and perform creative pieces individually and/or in small peer groups. However, in week 4 students will receive individual feedback from tutors.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative Individual 20%
1 - 2  minutes.
Week 4 In Class
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
800 words
Week 8 Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual and Group 40%
6-8 mins plus 400 word written document
Week 13 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Solo performance
This assessment will engage your foundational  performance skills.
Product: Artefact - Creative
Create and communicate a solo performance relevant to your creative practice. Discipline specific examples will be provided to help you understand what this could mean in your discipline.   In your performance you will apply skills and performance concepts developed in workshops.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Developing and communicating a solo performance (appropriate to discipline)
Applying appropriate embodiment skills to specific tasks
Applying foundation performance skills and concepts
All - Assessment Task 2:Written performance analysis
This assessment will engage your foundational analytical evaluative and reflective skills.
Product: Written Piece
In this task you will select an artist relevant to your creative practice. Identify key performance concepts applied in this artists’ work.   Analyse and evaluate how these concepts work in this context.  Reflect on how these may be useful to your practice.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Applying appropriate interdisciplinary listening skills to identify performance concepts
Engaging critically with analysing performance concepts
Engaging evaluative and reflective skills through written communication
All - Assessment Task 3:Collaborative Performance
This assessment will demonstrate your ability to work as part of a collaborative group to achieve a university-facing performance.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
In this task, you will develop and perform a collaborative creative work in a university-facing context. As a group you will craft a performance vision in response to a choice of provocations.  Prior to the performance, you will also submit a written framing statement to detail your groups’ intentions for the performance.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Developing and communicating a performance vision (GROUP)
Applying interdisciplinary listening and embodiment skills in performance (INDIVIDUAL)
Collaborating  with others to deliver a cohesive performance (GROUP)
Applying relevant  foundational performance skills in a group context  (INDIVIDUAL)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Weekly recommended reading and asset required for learning activities are delivered via the weekly learning materials in keeping with the current School's attitude to open learning resources.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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