ATS4002 - Honours research methods seminar - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Claire Perkins

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides a point of entry for students commencing their Honours year in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. It is designed to enable students who have majored in one of the key school disciplines ( Film and screen studies; Journalism; Communication and media studies) to engage in research methods appropriate to their disciplinary interests, and further develop the research and conceptual skills required for study at Honours level.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Have acquired an extended understanding of contemporary arguments and debates in their discipline;
  2. Demonstrate a depth of analysis and engagement with conceptual frameworks arising from a higher level of independent research;
  3. Possess the skills necessary to conduct well-structured critical reviews of existing literature and conduct independent research at Honours level;
  4. Understand the structure, argumentation, and communication skills in writing appropriate for an Honours thesis or creative project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Admission to School of Media, Film and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Honours (Bachelor of Arts)