Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies developed in CMNS4130. The course is conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. It concentrates on the data collection and production aspects of a research project. By the start of this course, students will have completed a literature review, identified a suitable research question and developed a robust research design. The research project explores and implements appropriate production or data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in either production or data analysis. The course develops initial drafts of the final Honours research project. Students will receive non-graded formal structured feedback from their supervisor on the student's progress at the end of this course.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. The ability to carry out independent research in communication and media arts;

2. The ability to select and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;

3. A development of critical and analytical skills;

4. Research, production and time management skills and

5. Editing and drafting skills for research projects.


  1. 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.
  2. The methodologies appropriate to the the discipline of communication and media.
  3. An engagement with data collection.
  4. Drafting aspects of their thesis or creative project production appropriate to research projects undertaken at Honours level.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS4110 CMNS4120 CMNS4130.

Assessment items

Project: Projects

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

The Supervisor will be responsible for arranging regular consultations with the student, the frequency will be agreed early in the student's candidature. 1 to 2 hours per week consultation time for full-time students when averaged over the semester.