Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course develops a student's skills and competencies in the development and communication of research findings. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of one or more academic staff members, who act as the student's honours research supervisor or supervisors. The course operates in conjunction with LING4070 which is the first of two courses devoted to the Honours thesis in Linguistics. LING4080 involves the conclusion of data analysis and literature review and the completion of drafts of chapters for review by a supervisor or supervisors and the submission of a completed thesis.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


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

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 15,000 word thesis.

2. Demonstrate capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.

3. Demonstrate capacity to communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.

4. Demonstrate capacity to communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.

5. Demonstrate capacity to present research findings to a seminar of academic staff and peers.

6. Demonstrate research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.


Supervision of students in:

  • Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student's research project
  • Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
  • Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
  • Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of linguistics studies research
  • Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.
  • Making a formal oral presentation on the thesis project to a suitable discipline group within the first six weeks of semester.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

LING4050 and LING4060

Assessment items

Thesis: Thesis

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Individual Supervision

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

Contact hours by arrangement with supervisor.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term