Course handbook


Directed Study I provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent research on a topic relevant to their future undergraduate studies. It introduces the academic skills that will be required in undergraduate studies, whilst allowing a degree of self-direction. Students must be capable of working with minimal supervision.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Students will be expected to develop skills in research, using appropriate methodologies and resources.

2. Students must demonstrate an ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

3. Students must demonstrate competence in academic methods of presentation in submitting a final essay and oral presentation.


  1. Topic will depend on specific interest of student and relevance to undergraduate program.
  2. Attendance at research workshops.
  3. Preparation of an annotated bibliography.
  4. Preparation of a research timeline.
  5. Preparation of a major research essay using appropriate academic style.
  6. Presentation of an oral outline of the outcomes of the research.


Students must be active in the Newstep Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Research Proposal and Seminar Presentation

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography

Written Assignment: Progress Report

Presentation: Presentation of Research Findings

Essay: Major Research Essay

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks