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


In this unit students undertake supervised research activities on an individual or small-group basis within a discipline area of Business, Design, Education, Humanities, Law, Music or Social Sciences.

The student's understanding of the research topic is developed through an individually guided program of research, reading and attendance at occasional research seminars and meeting within the School. As part of the unit students may also make an oral presentation to academic staff or prepare a written report which will be structured to reflect the requirements of the project.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a good understanding of the literature related to their project's research topic through practical application; (2) demonstrate a good understanding of practical research skills through their work in applying those skills; (3) demonstrate an understanding of how research ethics inform practical research work; and (4) participate at an informed level in discussions of the theoretical; underpinnings of their research topic..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical research work contributing to a defined research project and (2) contribution to discussion and development of research project as part of the research team. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Global Learning Office
Unit rules
prior approval
Contact hours
One-on-one and small group interaction with academic staff, specifically interaction with academic project leader/leaders as required by the nature of the project.
  • 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.