Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit enables Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students to practice research essentials through an attachment to a University researcher or research group in an area related to their major. Under the guidance of an academic mentor, students gain practice in the methods of enquiry used by the discipline and gain experience in the discourse conventions of the discipline. Students undertake a series of activities as specified by their mentor which may include, and are not limited to, participation in research group meetings and departmental seminars, journal club, discussion groups, literature review, laboratory work, data collection, data entry and analysis, report or paper drafting and/or editing.

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Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) work collaboratively and effectively with a research mentor and/or within a research team; (2) communicate research theory, practice and findings in oral and written form; (3) demonstrate understanding of a contemporary research problem including its theoretical context and methodology; and (4) demonstrate ability in some practical research methods relevant to the discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) supervisor's report; (2) research portfolio; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ingrid Hillmer Kiekebusch and Associate Professor Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and approval of the academic coordinator
Advisable prior study
GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership
Contact hours
no set contact hours but an expectation of a minimum workload of 75 hours over a semester or equivalent
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.