Communication Honours III: Research Project

Course code CMNS4130Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course develops research skills in communication and media through the development of a research project. The research project may take the final form of a thesis or creative project. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and develops competencies in: research design including literature reviews, identification of specific research questions, appropriate methodological approaches, planning and preproduction skills and techniques, and discussion and communication skills. Students will receive non-graded formal structured feedback from their supervisor on the student's progress at the end of this course.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completing this course students will be expected to have contributed to a demonstration of:
1. the ability to plan independent research in communication and media arts;
2. the ability to engage with prior literature and creative material and articulate the relevance of the thesis or project to existing literature and work in the field;
3. the ability to select appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;
4. a development of critical and analytical skills; and
5. time management skills appropriate to research at Honours level.
Content1. The content of the research project will be substantially determined by the student, in that they will choose, in consultation with the Head of School and Honours Co-ordinator, the topic of their thesis or creative project and on this basis will be allocated a supervisor from within this disciplinary area,
2. Research design including literature reviews,
3. Development of specific research questions,
4. Methodological approaches appropriate to communication and media,
5. Planning and preproduction skills and techniques,
6. Discussion and communication skills, and
7. Self-directed and autonomous work practices.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS4040 - Communication Honours II
TransitionAs the B Arts (Communication Studies) (Honours) program will be discontinued from 2005, current students will be articulated into the new B Communication (Honours) program with full recognition of prior studies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should
- have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;
- have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
ProjectsCommencement of a research project, under the direction of a nominated supervisor, which will take the form of a thesis dissertation or creative production pertinent to the field of Communication and Media.

Students will receive non-graded formal structured feedback from their supervisor on the student's progress at the end of this course.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Communication (Honours)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS4130