Course Outline

MUS200 Performance 2

Course Coordinator:Phoebe Macrossan ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

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

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 develop your introductory performance knowledge and skills into an audience-facing skillset and sophisticated performance theory. You will be guided by lecturers and industry practitioners as you engage in intermediate performance tasks including stage presence, audience engagement, street performance, covering music, and aural and voice skills.  These tasks will culminate in a self-curated street performance in a community-based environment. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop for 10 weeks (or equivalent). 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Learning materials – Online Learning Materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Seminars in Semester 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 3 times

Course Topics

Music performance 

Street performance 

Performance theory 

Aural skills 

Critical listening 

Stage presence 

Audience engagement 

Vocalisation techniques 

Community-facing performance

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

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 a broad range of basic performance skills and techniques for contemporary performance contexts. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Engage with musical concepts to build critical listening skills. Creative and critical thinker
3 Critically examine 21st century performance practice and respond with creative works. Empowered
4 Engage in community-facing performance opportunities. Empowered

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

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 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 Creative Performance Individual 25%
6 minutes
Week 5 In Class
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 35%
3 -5 minutes and 500 words
Week 11 In Class
All 3 Creative Performance Individual 40%
15 minutes
Exam Period To be Negotiated
All - Assessment Task 1:Aural and Voice Skills
This assessment task allows you to demonstrate your developing aural analysis skills and your ability to reproduce aural stimuli into vocalisations while engaging in principles of stagecraft and presence.
Product: Creative Performance
In a short in-class task you will be provided with a number of aural and vocal tasks to demonstrate your developing knowledge in critical listening, musical concepts and vocalisation. You will be provided with a list of the potential tasks early in semester.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Applying critical listening skills in a time sensitive environment.
Engaging with basic music theory concepts.
Applying developing vocalisation techniques.
Engaging in appropriate performance techniques.
All - Assessment Task 2:Covering music
This assessment task allows you to demonstrate your developing performance practice and techniques through the original interpretation of a pre-existing creative work to be performed in class.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
In this task you will perform an original interpretation of a creative work of your choice. You will present this interpretation to your student peers as part of a developing range of performance experiences designed to work toward a public showcase. Your original performance will be accompanied by a 500-word analysis of the original musical work and your innovative performance intentions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Engaging in appropriate stage craft and performance practices.
Applying relevant vocalisation concepts.
Critically demonstrating of an innovative approach to performance.
Critically and clearly frame and communicate your approach and intentions for the performance
All - Assessment Task 3:Street performance
In this assessment you will take part in a 15-minute public street performance of a self-curated selection of new and/or existing works.
Product: Creative Performance
In this task you will develop and perform a collection of self-curated works. The presentation will take the broad format of a street performance in a public-facing 15 minute set. You will use the practices, techniques, and skills developed during the semester to engage with the audience and adapt accordingly.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
engaging an audience using techniques in community-facing performance work.
Applying stage presence and performance techniques in a community-facing environment.
Applying critical listening skills into performance practice to achieve a polished performance.
Critically organise and curate your material for public performance.

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


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

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 may 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 after 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 to negotiate an outcome.


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