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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Ross Mouer


Unit is designed to guide students in the formulation of a research problem consciousness. This involves the ability to conduct a literature review to identify key issues and concepts, to argue the significance of pursuing research on a specific topic, to operationalise the key concepts relevant to sample, and to write a statement explaining their problem consciousness. Students will be exposed to obtrusive and unobtrusive methodologies for gathering data, reading texts, observation and participant observation, use of government data, interviewing and surveying. Various methods of recording data will also be introduced. Special attention is given to using resources about Asia in libraries.


Written assignments (3500 words): 80%
Examination (1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beatrice Trefalt

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

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

Japanese studies
Indonesian studies
Chinese studies
Chinese language
Asian studies


Completion of one or more units with considerable Asian content or by permission