Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course will assist students to conceptualise, initiate, plan and develop a research project appropriate to the Honours level. Students will cultivate advanced research and/or practical skills applicable to their individual projects under the supervision of academic staff members. The course will include the initial scoping of the project and development of specific research questions; location and review of relevant literature; pilot activities, pre-production and prototyping; identification of a suitable research design and methodological approach; project planning and consideration of ethical implications.

Student projects may include, but are not limited to: theoretical explorations and reviews; speculative design practices; professionally oriented projects; work-integrated learning and research-integrated learning opportunities; group / collaborative projects; external stakeholder based projects

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CMNS4100, CMNS4120, DESN4215 and MUSI4401. Students who have successfully completed CMNS4100, CMNS4120, DESN4215 or MUSI4401 are not eligible to enrol in CIND4001.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Plan independent research and develop skills as required to scope and plan the activities and timelines to complete a research project within the given timeframe.

2. Articulate the relevance of the project to existing literature and work in the field.

3. Demonstrate informed and independent decision-making in the development of their project.

4. Demonstrate time management skills through written and oral assessments about the research project.

5. Develop a research driven project from concept through to prototype or pre-production level.

6. Develop and apply critical and analytical skills to the proposed research design, including existing literature, methodological approach and ethical implications.


Topics will include:

  • Research design including literature reviews, development of research topic and questions and methodological approaches.
  • Advanced theoretical and practical skills, including planning, prototyping and preproduction skills and techniques.
  • Visual, oral and written communication skills.
  • Project and time management skills.
  • Work Integrated Learning / Research Integrated Learning.
  • Consideration of ethical, legal and sustainable professional practices and approaches to research.


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed: CMNS4100, CMNS4120, DESN4215, MUSI4401, NHIL4001.

Students must be active in

Bachelor of Music (Honours) [10809] or

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) [11254] or

Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) [11532] or

Bachelor of Communication (Honours) [11584].

Assumed knowledge

Students 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.

Assessment items

Project: Prototype and Pitch 100%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Supervisor will arrange regular consultations with the student with the frequency agreed early in the student's candidature.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.