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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 English|Global Cultures and Languages|History and Classics|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Hannah Stark

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 International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and critically reflect on an appropriate area of scholarly interest within a Humanities discipline.
  2. Locate and synthesise 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.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090399 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

Online web conference workshop (120 minutes), Weekly in weeks 1-5 and in Week 12

Group Supervision Meeting (50 minutes), 2 meetings in Weeks 1-5

Individual Supervision meeting (30 minutes), 3 meetings in Weeks 5-11


Task 1: Project proposal, 500 words (20%)

Task 2: Research project tasks, including contributions to supervision meetings, maintenance of meeting agendas and notes, submission of draft essay for supervisor feedback (10%)

Task 3: Research pitch and media article, 1250 words (20%)

Task 4: Supervised research essay, 4000 words (50%)

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