Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Political and Social Inquiry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kirsten McLean


Students will develop the skills required to conduct an independent research project and present their findings both orally and in written form. Topics to be covered include critical reading of the social science research literature, research planning, design and execution, research ethics and presentation skills. On completion of this unit, students will have conducted a thoughtful and critical review of the literature in their area of research interest and have acquired the skills and confidence to present their ideas to a professional academic audience.


  1. For students to develop a critical understanding of the research literature relevant to their area of research interest.
  2. For students to obtain a thorough understanding of the practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research in the social sciences.
  3. For students to develop the skills to conduct a thorough, well-structured review of the research literature in their area of research interest.


Glossary: 1500 words (15%)
Proposal: 2500 words (30%)
Literature review: 5000 words (55%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 3-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Enrolment in Bachelor of Arts (Honours)