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Research Thesis HGA712



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


The research thesis will consist of research conducted in a selected area of Tourism or Cultural Heritage. In this unit you will learn how to formulate a literature review, select a research question and critically assess a range of different methodological options and analyse data sources. You will also learn about options for knowledge transfer, pitching research proposals, applying for research and appropriate communications techniques. You will conduct collect data (either primary of secondary), analyse your data and assess the contributions of the thesis research in light of current tourism or cultural heritage literature. The thesis will be a written document of 7,000 words in length and will include:

  • an introduction with clearly defined research questions * a critical review of literature relevant to the research question
  • a detailed methods section that critically reviews options for methods and justifies your choice of methods
  • detailed analysis of results
  • a discussion that assess the theoretical contribution of the thesis and the practical implications of the findings.

You will also be required to present your research question at a research seminar that will be conducted prior to the completion of your thesis. The thesis is expected to make an original contribution to the relevant discipline. It may not contain any material that has been accepted for a degree or diploma by the University of Tasmania or any other tertiary institution, except by way of background information and duly acknowledged in the dissertation. This unit is taught in Hobart using blended delivery. There are four compulsory workshops that will delivered on the Hobart campus. The remainder of the unit is delivered online.


Unit name Research Thesis
Unit code HGA712
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Can Seng Ooi

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 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Summer school 2/1/2020 13/1/2020 28/1/2020 23/2/2020

* 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 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

Select and evaluate appropriate research methods for a given project

Design a significant piece of original, scholarly research in Tourism or Cultural Heritage Management

Communicate research findings and their implications, through oral and written formats



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $2,788.00 2020: $5,404.00 080323

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Research plan (20%)

Thesis (70%)

Oral presentation of research question (10%)

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