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Unit Overview


This unit forms part of a prescribed course sequence for the non-award, conversion HDR Prelim (FABLE) course.

Students are required to produce a research output on a course relevant topic of their choice, provided the topic is approved by their supervisor and the HDR Prelim (FABLE) course coordinator.

In accordance with the University Policy: Courses: Coursework Dissertation the research output, agreed to by the supervisor is typically:

a) a 12,000 - 18,000 word text object (with embedded figures and tables); or

b) a research manuscript of at least 6,000 words in a format suitable for publication in a reputable journal of the discipline; or

c) a creative object constructed within a research framework (a musical composition, a piece of creative writing, an architectural design, or a work of art), accompanied by an exegesis of at least 2,000 - 4,000 words,

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to structure findings in populating and applying an academic outline/method at a postgraduate level; (2) demonstrate advanced academic writing skills in an initial academic draft communicating research results at a postgraduate level; and (3) complete an initial draft of an academic dissertation at the postgraduate level.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment: submission of research output. A final mark is awarded at the completion of research parts 1 to 4. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Camilla Andersen
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HDR Prelim (FABLE)
Contact hours
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
  • 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.