Courses & Units

Independent Research Project HUM311

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, students will undertake an independent project requiring an investigation of an approved Humanities topic. Students will learn and demonstrate research skills in a multi-disciplinary cohort, but will also select and refine an individual research topic of their interest, within the expertise of a designated staff member in their discipline. They will meet regularly with this research supervisor to develop their approach and draft their written output. Students will be required to use a variety of media (e.g. oral, written, visual) to disseminate their research.


Unit name Independent Research Project
Unit code HUM311
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

About Census Dates

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and critically reflect on an appropriate area of scholarly interest within a Humanities discipline.
  2. Locate and synthesize existing scholarship in this area and design a research question in relation to this body of work.
  3. Use a range of research strategies and methodologies to address this question, thereby increasing knowledge.
  4. Develop time and data management skills suited to independent research.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in effective communication, using a range of media (e.g. written, oral, visual) to disseminate knowledge.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


25cp Humanities discipline units at level 200


Teaching Pattern

120 minutes Workshop, Weekly in weeks 1-5 and in week 12

50 minutes, Group Supervision Meeting, 2 meetings in weeks 1-5

30 minutes, Individual Supervision meeting, 3 meetings in weeks 5- 11


50% supervised research essay (4000 words);

20% oral presentation and class discussion (10-15 minutes) with accompanying audio-visual artefact

20% project proposal (500 words);

10% research project tasks, including contributions to supervision meetings, maintenance of meeting agendas and notes, submission of draft essay for supervisor feedback

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable


Co-op Bookshop links

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.