Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Brett Hutchins


Students will be required to engage in a significant work of reading and research, and to write a dissertation of 15000 - 18000 words on a topic of their own choosing, under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students will be assigned a supervisor and will be required to attend weekly supervisory meetings.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to :

  1. Review a specific body of research in the field of Communications and Media Studies, and demonstrate a command of that literature;
  2. Identify and develop key research questions;
  3. Develop and implement a research project in the field of Communications and Media Studies;
  4. Critically investigate a key issue in Communications and Media Studies;
  5. Critically write up research findings;
  6. Construct a critical argument that is sustained by relevant research;
  7. Construct a cumulative argument that is sustained across a 15 - 18000 word thesis;
  8. Undertake independent research with supervisory consultation.


Significant work towards Research Project (1500 - 18000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Daniel Black

Contact hours

Weekly supervisory meetings (a minimum of 1 hour per week) in addition to thesis research and writing