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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)William Birnbauer


This unit provides students with an opportunity for a detailed supervised research and production exercise at a high level. Students choose their particular focus and medium on the basis of their undergraduate specialisations, and engage constructively and critically with each other's contributions via a MUSO site. There may be lectures and learning materials drawing on the JAIS Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies strands of subjects, and students will be required to complete and defend a scholarly exegesis of their professional practice and production.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced ability to identify and research an issue, and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate modality and medium;
  2. demonstrate an advanced ability to present in a clear, concise, accurate and meaningful way using a variety of elements in a coherent package;
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with professional research, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard;
  4. reflect on their professional practice and production in a scholarly exegesis in both written and verbal modes;
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes;
  6. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and produce under pressure;
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of professional practices with respect to their chosen subject matter;
  8. demonstrate an advanced capacity at an Honours level for professional practice.


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)

Workload requirements

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