Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - 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 First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Andrea Baker


Topics to be covered include critical reading of the social science research literature, research planning, design and execution, research ethics and presentation skills. Students will critically examine current research in at least one major field within Journalism, Australian and/or Indigenous studies and undertake a focused original research project. The topic and execution of the project is to be approved and supervised by the lecturer.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically examine and review current research in at least one major field within their discipline;
  2. design and develop a minor research project that develops the knowledge in the field in some way;
  3. participate in seminars as required to discuss and develop their project collegially;
  4. effectively locate, access and review relevant literature on the selected field of research;
  5. produce a scholarly essay that clearly and cogently presents the outcomes of the research.


Research proposal (1000 words): 10%
Minor Project (2000 words or equivalent): 30%
Major Project (4000 words or equivalent): 40%
Critical Reflection (2000 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Philip Chubb

Contact hours

Supervision (individual and group): 0.5 hrs per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online and phone discussion

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian Indigenous studies
Journalism studies