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)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vicki Peel and Dr Jeff Jarvis


Previously coded AUS5000


The special research project offers students an opportunity to undertake an extended supervised research project. Prior to the start of semester students are responsible for devising their topic as well as seeking approval from the course co-ordinator. The project is normally undertaken over the course of 13 weeks during a semester unit and is assessed by a suitably qualified staff member. Students are responsible to formulate their research topic in consultation with their supervisor.


  1. To provide students with an opportunity to undertake an extended research project focusing on a topic of their particular interest.
  2. To develop students' capacity to draw on a range of research methodologies suitable to their topic.
  3. To develop students' capacity to undertake an analysis of suitable secondary data.
  4. To develop students' written communication skills.
  5. To develop students' capacity to tackle a particular issue, project or problem in depth.


Major Research Essay or the equivalent of two articles (9000 - 10,000 words total): 9000 - 10,000 words 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Vicki Peel


Special permission from the course co-ordinator.