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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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 First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JCS4001


This unit serves both as an expansion of undergraduate background knowledge and as a preparation for further studies and research. Students will critically examine current research in at least one major field within journalism studies and undertake a limited research project. The particular topics to be included will be determined in consultation with the supervisor and the seminar leader.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically examine and review current research in at least one major field within their discipline;
  2. design and develop a minor research project that develops the knowledge in the field in some way;
  3. participate in seminars as required to discuss and develop their project collegially;
  4. effectively locate, access and review relevant literature on the selected field of research;
  5. produce a scholarly essay that clearly and cogently presents the outcomes of the research.


Research proposal(1000 words): 10%
Minor project (2000 words): 30%
Major project (4000 words): 40%
Critical reflection (2000 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Chris Nash

Contact hours

0.5 hrs per week individually or 2 hr weekly seminar