Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


The unit allows students to undertake a small research project under the guidance of an academic mentor within a discipline or disciplines related to their major/s. Students will be exposed to the theory and practice of research within the discipline. Students will develop research skills appropriate to the discipline through participation in research activities which may include, but are not limited to: specialized reading courses, project design, laboratory work, field work, data collection and analysis, report writing and other relevant activities. The unit prepares students for Honours.

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) critically assess a variety of research approaches used within the discipline; (2) formulate relevant questions and/or hypotheses based on critical evaluation of the literature; (3) demonstrate proficiency in some discipline specific practical research skills; (4) reflect and solve problems arising in the research process; and (5) communicate research theory, practice and findings in oral and written form suitable for lay and professional audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) research report; and (3) research portfolio. 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
Successful completion of
GCRL2000 BPhil Research Placement (ID 6584) and Approval of Unit Coordinator
Contact hours
This is a research experience with no set contact hours but with an expectation of 150 hours workload. This may be fulfilled in intensive mode or in the equivalent time over one semester.
  • 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.