Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Asher Flynn


This unit introduces advanced students to an independent program of reading on research topics. Staff members advise, supervise, and approve each enrolled student's chosen reading program. Students may develop a program of research reading on a chosen theoretical or empirical topic. The aim of the unit is to foster self-reliant research capacity and independent thinking and reflection.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate enhanced capacity for independent research, thinking and program development.


Topic Statement (1800 words): 20%
Research essay on reading program topic (4500 words): 50%
Bibliography (2700 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

The unit will provide a staff-guided program of research-related reading for enrolling students. It will be require above-average staff time. Students will meet with a staff member for a 1 hour session every two weeks of a 12 week semester. This intensive face-to-face tuition will be supported by private study time reading of weekly readings agreed with the supervising academic.

Off-campus attendance requirements

On-campus: State average number of hours of contact per week, including lecture, practical and tutorial time, and give an indication of how the remaining hours of private study time are expected to be spent.
24-hours per semester comprising: Scheduled contact with staff readings advisor; individual study; assignment preparation; library research.

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


Bachelor of Arts