Courses & Units

Supervised Research Paper LAW679



Enrolment requires a GPA of 6.0 or better (Distinction grade average). Students wishing to enrol in this unit must first consult the Honours Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Law.


Allows students to undertake a sustained piece of research under the supervision of a member of staff. There are no classes as such; teaching takes place through the interaction between the student and staff member. Students select their own research topic in consultation with, and subject to the approval of, a staff member. The research may be on any topic subject to approval and the availability of staff supervision. The work must be completed during the semester in which the student is enrolled. The paper is 14,000 words in length (inclusive of references) and must demonstrate cognitive skills that will highlight the capacity to review, analyse, and evaluate with intellectual independence a research project. The student will also exercise critical thinking in developing a new understanding of an area of law and communicate a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas. Students must have a Distinction grade average in their law units (Law-only GPA of 6 or more) to be eligible for enrolment in this unit. Under the Honours degree rules, students must complete LAW679 Supervised Research Paper in order to be eligible to graduate with first class honours. It also advances students' achievement of all threshold learning outcomes for law (knowledge, ethics, thinking skills, research, communication, and self-management).


Unit name Supervised Research Paper
Unit code LAW679
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

Supervisor to be determined in consultation with the relevant staff member and the Honours Co-ordinator of the Faculty of Law. Examiner appointed by the Honours Co-ordinator.

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school (early) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017
Summer school (early) 31/10/2016 1/1/2017 31/1/2017 14/2/2017

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090999

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.



GPA of 6.0 or better and either:

(LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256 & LAW204) OR

(LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW253, LAW204, LAW351 & LAW352) OR

(LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204 & LAW205)


Teaching Pattern

Consultation between student and staff member


14,000 word (inclusive of references) research paper

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