Unit description

Develops techniques, approaches and cognitive processes in songwriting/arranging and composition in general. Creates awareness of advanced music compositional concepts and their application.

Unit content

  • Writing/arranging for bass and drums
  • Writing/arranging for guitar and keyboards
  • Riffs & odd time signatures
  • Balanced & unbalanced formal concepts
  • Form in songwriting, advanced concepts in chord progressions
  • Advanced concepts in chord progressions
  • Sectional harmony
  • Arranging for vocal group
  • Arranging for small horn section
  • Arranging for strings
  • Music in advertising

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (3 weeks)
Practical session 15 minutes (As needed)
Critical review30%
Creative work40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (3 weeks)
Practical session 15 minutes (As needed)
Critical review30%
Creative work40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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