SOCS4100 Honours Research Skills

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Law and Society; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
This unit consists of a weekly seminar with an honours coordinator. Some of the seminar sessions examine major aspects of developing a research project (in this case the honours dissertation): formulating a research question in relation to existing knowledge; developing a formal research proposal; supporting claims; structuring the dissertation; and advanced academic style. Students have the opportunity early in the semester to receive feedback on their draft research proposal from their peers in a supportive environment.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the research process in its various phases; (2) apply strong conceptual skills; (3) critically evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge/theories; (4) identify appropriate research methods to address different research questions; (5) identify the requirements of ethical research; (6) locate resources in their field and demonstrate their skills in building bibliographies; (7) apply advanced skills in oral presentations and academic writing; and (8) demonstrate high levels of competency in independent research in preparation for possible postgraduate studies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal—written and oral presentation; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gregory Acciaioli
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.