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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mark Baker


Students undertake a reading program and research project in their field of study, decided in consultation with the course coordinator and supervisor. Students will carry out their research and write a research paper under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.


A student successfully completing SHM4000A/SHM5000A will be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to plan, implement and complete a research program under the supervision of academic staff
  2. a comprehensive knowledge of the main themes, questions and issues of a particular field of study being researched
  3. an awareness of the major methodological, theoretical and thematic issues raised by their project
  4. an ability to develop sound conclusions and interpretations based upon the critical analysis of a range of evidence
  5. the fluent, effective and coherent communication of research findings and relevant theoretical and conceptual conclusions.


Students undertaking this unit at are expected to complete a 9000 word research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. This will normally involve 1-2 hours per week of meetings with the supervisor, with additional time spent on private research and writing. Students completing a 24 point research project will complete BOTH SHM4000A/SHM5000A AND SHM4000B/SHM5000B.

Chief examiner(s)

Mark Baker

Contact hours

One 2-hour meeting per week with supervisor