Shorter Thesis - HPS

Subject 136-513 (2009)

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Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at .
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Either: completion of a BA Honours degree, or equivalent, in HPS or closely related discipline with a final result of at least H2A (75%), or completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in HPS with a grade average of at least H2A.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Helen Ruth Verran


Assoc Prof Helen Verran

Subject Overview: Candidates will undertake research on a topic approved by the course co-ordinator under supervision of an academic member of staff.
Objectives: Successful students will
  • develop a research proposal;
  • focus their research questions to an appropriate degree;
  • write clearly and concisely.
Assessment: A thesis of 20,000 - 22,000 words 100% due at the end of the candidature.
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Successful students will
  • develop skills in written and oral communication;
  • conduct independent research;
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
Related Course(s): M.A.History & Philosophy of Science (Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)

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