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Unit information: Source Study, Paleography and Editorial Practices in 2021/22

Unit name Source Study, Paleography and Editorial Practices
Unit code MUSIM0014
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Carter
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to different categories of musicological sources and discusses issues arising from these. It acquaints students with the nature of source materials for different repertoires and with the ways in which these may inform performance or musicological approaches to those repertoires.


  • To stimulate an awareness of the sensitivity required in handling primary and other musical source materials
  • To help students to acquire a critically informed approach to musical texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

1. Discuss different types of source materials for music;

2. Comment critically upon existing interpretations of primary source materials in the musicological literature;

3. Engage critically with a range of primary sources in a methodologically appropriate manner

This module also measures general learning outcomes for the MA in Music as follows:

4. Demonstrate a detailed awareness of certain repertoires, verbally and in writing, by means of historical, critical or analytical investigation

5. Synthesize a broad range of material (sometimes of a complex nature) and present the findings coherently, demonstrating a professional level of competence in appropriate bibliographic skills

6. Gain experience in seeing a project through from conception to planning, blueprint realisation, and execution

7. Develop exemplary verbal presentation and discussion skills

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including seminars, tutorials, and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Assessment 1: 2500 words or equivalent (50%) [ILOs 1-7]
Assessment 2: 2500 words or equivalent (50%). [ILOs 1-7]

Students must choose the two summative assessments from different topics.

The nature of the assignments may vary. They might for example consist of a straightforward editing task, a critical assessment of an existing edition, a critical interpretation of and report on issues surrounding one or more specific primary sources, or interpretation of issues raised in discussion of specific 'readings' introduced in class.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. MUSIM0014).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.