EURO4101 Advanced Research Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in French Studies; German Studies; Italian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This honours unit is compulsory for students of French Studies, German Studies and Italian Studies who are commencing their dissertation. It is also the co-requisite for TRNS5020 Translation Studies Dissertation 1 for selected students in the Master of Translation Studies. It is taught by the honours coordinator for European Languages and Studies and takes the form of a seminar.

Some of the seminar sessions examine major aspects of developing a research project (in this case, the honours or masters dissertation): formulating a research question in relation to existing knowledge; developing a formal research proposal; writing a literature review; 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. Later in the semester they workshop their draft literature review. Students who undertook this unit during the previous semester and are completing their dissertations this semester join the group from time to time and both give feedback to current students on their research proposal and literature review drafts and have the opportunity to have a chapter draft workshopped by the group. Current students benefit from the experience and insights of students one semester further along in the dissertation writing process.
Students are able to (1) identify appropriate research methods to address different research questions and apply strong conceptual skills; (2) locate resources in their field and demonstrate their skills in building bibliographies; (3) critically evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge/theories; (4) apply advanced skills in oral presentations and academic writing; and (5) demonstrate high levels of competency in independent research in preparation for possible postgraduate studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal: oral presentation and written submission; (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)
Prof. Helene Jaccomard (Semester 1), Dr Paul Gibbard (Semester 2)
Unit rules
EURO7481 Honours Seminar 1 (European Studies); GRMN4101 Advanced Research Skills; ITAL4101 Advanced Research Skills; FREN4101 Advanced Research Skills
Contact hours
seminars: 1 x 1.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.