Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr George Vandoorn


This unit provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a relatively narrow topic within their chosen discipline and to design and conduct research on that topic. Students will produce a thesis of 15,000 to 18,000 words on an approved topic selected and researched by the candidate under supervision of a member of academic staff with expertise in the proposed area of research. In the process of preparing their thesis, students will be required to participate in non-graded honours seminars.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. be able to demonstrate expertise in a specific area of the chosen discipline
  2. be able to independently design and conduct a research project
  3. have advanced academic research skills and highly developed academic writing skills
  4. have produced a coherent, well-organised and professionally presented thesis in the discipline.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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