Research Topics and Methods

Subject 671-328 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A maximum of 3 contact hours per week (2-hour seminar plus 1-hour practical work)
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 37.5 points in French, Italian or Spanish
Corequisites: Enrolment in one elective in French, Italian or Spanish
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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Subject Overview: The subject will be taught in modules, each the responsibility of a particular lecturer. The team will be drawn from across the French, Italian and Spanish programs. Staff will give an introduction to their own current research projects, will explain to students how the topic is formulated, how it emerges from its field, its relation with previous research in the field, and the objectives of the research. The subject will thus give students an idea of the range of research undertaken in the School, and will give them preliminary training in the devising of an independent project.
  • learn to formulate them in such a way as to proceed towards answers;
  • learn to read academic research in the areas presented;
  • identify gaps or issues in those areas.
Assessment: Written work totalling 4000 words comprising five exercises of 800 words each 10% each (due throughout semester) and an annotated bibliography 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: One file of readings per module to be distributed in class.
Recommended Texts: There is no secondary reading beyond that which is set for each module and the annotated bibliography that will be compiled by each student
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • On completion of this subject students should: learn to analyse material for unsolved problems or for issues requiring investigation;
  • learn how to question previously obtained results productively and what kinds of methods of investigation suit what kinds of problems.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
French Major
Italian Major

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