Directed Reading Project

Subject LING40001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Regular supervision

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fortnightly meetings with the project supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Students wishing to enrol in this subject must be admitted to Honours, Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) or Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and obtain permission from the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Honours coordinator.

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Jean Mulder



Subject Overview:

This subject is a special program of study on a particular area of interest within the linguistics and applied linguistics undergraduate program. It is designed to either complement an honours thesis topic, extend knowledge within a subject already studied, or research a topic not normally treated within the course. It is conducted by a program of intensive reading, designed by the student in consultation with a supervisor. The subject should enhance the student's knowledge of the subject area and should encourage initiative in self-directed research, develop the student's powers of independent inquiry, strengthen the student's capacities in theoretical analysis and argumentation, and develop the student's written communication skills.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the theoretical and methodological issues of concern within the particular topic area being studied;
  • have gained skills in research and critical thinnking and analysis through reading in the particular area being studied and preparation of the scholarly report;
  • have practiced and further developed high level written communication skills through the writing of the scholarly report.
  • An essay of 5000 words due at the end of semester [100%]
Prescribed Texts:

Readings as prescribed and recommended by the project supervisor

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be able to communicate intelligibly and economically their understanding of debates within this area;
  • understand the social and cultural context of the construction of identities in and through language.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.


Students wishing to enrol in this subject must obtain permission from the linguistics and applied linguistics Honours coordinator.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PC-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PD-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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