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Independent Research Project is an Arts Elective subject designed for students who want to enhance their own research skills and develop an independent (but supported) research project in an area of their choice. This subject provides students an opportunity to identify a research topic, write up a proposal and some key research questions. Across the semester the student will build their research project and aim to present a final paper that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge in the discipline. The student should gain skills in the independent development of a research project. It allows students to acquire the ability to both research and analyse a topic in order to deepen and extend their knowledge of one of the disciplines offered in the Bachelor of Arts. Independent Research Project functions as a mini- Honours experience for students who are interested in experiencing this prior to moving into study at 4th year. The essential requirements are: a viable research proposal and the agreement of an academic supervisor to guide the project and to assess the final research paper. Supervisions usually take place for 30 minute sessions every fortnight - or equivalent – across the semester. Once students have agreement on the proposal from the supervisor, please forward the proposal to the subject coordinator to request approval for enrollment in this subject.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will
- • gain skills in proposing and developing a research project;
- • enhance the ability to identify relevant academic research sources;
- • acquire the ability to synthesise research;
- • enhance the capacity to analyse primary and secondary sources;
- • the ability to use critical and analytical skills to deconstruct and analyse primary source material;
- • identify and develop relevant methodologies and apply those to the project;
- • enhance the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats and utilise research practices specific to Arts disciplines that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values; and
- • the ability to create sophisticated written work for assessment.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- • the capacity for sophisticated critical thinking and analysis;
- • the ability to read and understand complex academic research;
- • the enhancement of effective written communication skills; and
- • a deep and detailed understanding of historical, social, ethical and cultural contexts for specific Arts disciplines.
Last updated: 18 December 2020