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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han


Students will be required to engage in a significant work of reading and research, and to write a dissertation of 15000 - 18000 words on a topic of their own choosing, under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students will be assigned a supervisor and will be required to attend weekly supervisory meetings.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to :

  1. Review a specific body of research in the field of Communications and Media Studies, and demonstrate a command of that literature;
  2. Identify and develop key research questions;
  3. Develop and implement a research project in the field of Communications and Media Studies;
  4. Critically investigate a key issue in Communications and Media Studies;
  5. Critically write up research findings;
  6. Construct a critical argument that is sustained by relevant research;
  7. Construct a cumulative argument that is sustained across a 15 - 18000 word thesis;
  8. Undertake independent research with supervisory consultation.


Significant work towards Research Project (1500 - 18000 words): 100%

Contact hours

Weekly supervisory meetings (a minimum of 1 hour per week) in addition to thesis research and writing