Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Nick Dyrenfurth


The unit aims to introduce students to the nature of study and enquiry in the Arts faculty through a study of Australia. It gives students opportunities to learn, discuss, practice and receive feedback on academic skills of reading, writing, communicating ideas in discussion, critique and analysis, academic argument, research and referencing and acquire library skills while at the same time learning about contemporary Australia. The practical skills acquired can be applied to a wide range of disciplines and areas of study across the Faculty


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have developed an understanding of University learning and teaching methods
  2. Be able to plan, structure, develop and present arguments in essay form
  3. Be able to use the Matheson and Caulfield Library and other research libraries efficiently especially in regard to utilizing databases and accessing sources digitally
  4. Have a basic understanding and overview of contemporary Australia


Research and referencing task (500 words): 10%
Essay outline/notes/introduction (750 words): 15%
Class participation: 10%
Class test: 15%
Long essay (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2-hour lecture plus two x 1 1/2 hour tutorial/lab session per week; plus field trips.

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