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COG4000(A) - Honours Dissertation Part 1

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Dianne Wuillemin, Dr Barry Richardson and Dr Catherine Haigh.


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)


Students will design and conduct a research project within the cognitive sciences. The project will include summarising current research literature, testing hypotheses, data analysis, integration of findings with those of others, and the provision of a final report in the form of a minor dissertation. The dissertation (no more than 15,000 words) will be on an approved topic of the student's choice, determined in consultation with the student's supervisor. A minimum of one hour per week consultation averaged across the period of enrolment is required. In the process of preparing their dissertations, students will be required to participate in a non-graded honours seminar.


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

  1. examine a large body of relevant literature and distil from that, those issues most pertinent to their chosen area of research within the Cognitive Sciences
  2. independently design and conduct a research project, and analyse and interpret the data obtained
  3. integrate the outcome of their own research into a larger body of knowledge in that field
  4. provide, in the form of a dissertation, a report that effectively communicates the details of their research, in all respects, at a publishable standard.


Dissertation 15,000 words

Contact hours

1 hour supervisory meeting per week


Undergraduate degree with Cognitive Science, Psychology or related major