Communication Honours V: Research Project

Course code CMNS4150Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course develops a student's skills and competencies in the final preparation and communication of research findings. The research project, as either a thesis or creative project/exegesis, will be finalised under the supervision of the student's honours research supervisor. CMNS4150 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing bodies of literature, and the developments of texts which form edits, drafts or sections of the final research project. The thesis as a research project will engage with research presentation in a traditionally accepted way. Rather than the creative project/exegesis being a post-hoc 'theorisation' of the creative work, it should explicate and analyse the work and processes involved and demonstrate the common research objective which underpins it. This course includes presentation of research findings and the submission of a completed research project, i.e. thesis or creative project/exegesis, which will be theoretically, methodologically and technically sophisticated for which a final grade will be given.

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 and carry out 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 and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;
4. a development of critical and analytical skills;
5. research, project and time management skills and
6. thesis writing and production skills.
Content1. The content of the research project in the discipline of communication and media 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 project and on this basis will be allocated a Supervisor from within this disciplinary area of the School.
2. The theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate to the domain of concern of the discipline of communication and media.
3. An engagement with presentation skills appropriate to Honours level research.
4. Discussion of research findings using appropriate communication skills.
5 Editing, drafting for final presentation written, audio or visual texts or combinations of these.
6. Finalising a theoretically, methodologically and technically sophisticated research project.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS4060 - Communication Honours IV
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 KnowledgeCMNS4110, CMNS4120 and CMNS4130.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
ProjectsFinalisation of a research project, under the direction of a nominated supervisor. This course includes presentation of research findings and the submission of a completed research project, i.e. thesis or creative project/exegesis, which will be theoretically, methodologically and technically sophisticated for which a final grade will be given.
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 CMNS4150