Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mark Gibson (semester 1); Professor Jenny Hocking (Week1-4 semester 2); Dr John Tebbutt (Week 5-12 semester 2)


Previously coded COM5004


The unit is undertaken in the final semester of the Master of Communications and Media Studies and allows students to develop an extended independent research project. The topic is chosen by the student and developed with the advice and support of a supervisor. The project is written up in a minor dissertation, allowing the student to demonstrate advanced skills in research, writing and project management. Students are encouraged to consider the project not only as a formal requirement for the degree, but also as contributing to a portfolio of professional development.


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

  1. Increased knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for independent research;
  2. An enhanced capacity to formulate and research communication issues;
  3. An enhanced capacity to analyze and evaluate arguments, and to understand critical approaches to the planning, writing and editing of a research topic;
  4. A capacity to design, manage, and carry out a research project.


Minor dissertation (9000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mark Gibson (semester 1)
Professor Jenny Hocking (Week1-4 semester 2); Dr John Tebbutt (Week 5-12 semester 2)