The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is studied in conjunction with AHIS4170. AHIS4160 and AHIS4170 comprise the thesis component of Honours.

For full-time students, AHIS4160 and 4170 are usually to be taken concurrently and, for part-time students, AHIS4160 should be taken before AHIS4170.

AHIS4160 is concerned with:

(i) choosing a topic for the thesis,

(ii) compiling a bibliography,

(iii) writing a literature review, and

(iv) presenting a seminar to the Discipline Seminar Programme.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Focus on a productive field of study.

2. Compile a bibliography relevant to a chosen field of study

3. Choose a problem or series of inter-related problems from the selected field of study.

4. Produce a critical review of the literature seminal to the problem/s.

5. Explain the problem/s and related literature to others in both written and oral form.


Students will select a field of study by the end of Week One of semester.

Students will compile a bibliography relevant to the field of study by the end of Week Two.

Students will choose a topic for their thesis by the end of Week Four.

Students will undertake a literature review of works relevant to the topic for the thesis.

Students will give a short presentation in Week Five (or Six or Seven), to explain the rationale behind the choice of their topic.


To enrol into this course students must be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [10214], or

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assumed knowledge

Students should have completed AHIS4140 and AHIS4150.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Preparation for thesis: production of bibliography, literature review and plan; oral presentation

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 19 hour(s) per Week for Full Term