BTM3290 - Independent study - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Abdul Majid Nabi Baksh

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must have completed five units from the Department of Business Law and Taxation major, including BTW1042 and permission from the Chief Examiner following approval of research topic and suitable supervisor.


This elective is designed to allow students to conduct an independent study in the area of business law or tax under the supervision of a member of the Business Law and Taxation academic staff (the supervisor). The student will, with the guidance of the supervisor, identify a research project, prepare a proposal, collect data (which may involve library research or collection of empirical data or both) and write up a final report of about 6,000 words. The project may be a bibliography or annotated bibliography, journal entries or other kinds of short reflective pieces such as a book review or a research essay. The project may apply hypothetico-deductive interviews. No formal lectures will be held for this unit.

This unit will comprise a specially tailored course of reading and/or other activities that are agreed to by the student and the student's supervisor. The unit allows the supervisor and student the flexibility to design a course of study that enables the student to acquire specialised knowledge in his/her selected topic and the necessary research skills to access that knowledge.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. generate questions/aims/hypotheses within structured guidelines
  2. collect and record self-determined information/data, choosing an appropriate methodology
  3. evaluate information/data and the inquiry process using self-determined criteria developed within structural guide lines
  4. organise information within the supervisors parameters
  5. analyse information gaps stated by others.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester, typically comprising a mixture of one-on-one conferences with a supervisor and independent study. The unit requires on average contact between the supervisor and the student at least once every two weeks.

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